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Ned Rorem: On an Echoing Road

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>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Early in the Morning, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Are you the new person, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Rain in spring, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Paul Goodman")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : For Susan, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Paul Goodman")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : To a Young Girl, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Catullus
>     on the burial of his brother, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Requiescat, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : I will always love you, for voice, string trio & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : That Shadow, My Likeness, song for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : On an echoing road, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : I Strolled Across an Open Field, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Alleluia, song for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Little Elegy, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Sometimes with One I Love, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Walt Whitman")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Hymn for Evening, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Orchids, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : On a Singing Girl, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Now sleeps the crimson petal, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Tennyson")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : What if some little pain, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Look Down Fair Moon, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : The Rainbow, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : More than a Day
>     Do I love you ?
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Their Lonely Betters, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : O Do Not Love Too Long, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Comment on War, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : The Serpent, for voice & piano (from "Three Poems of Theodore Roethke")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Full of life now, for voice & piano

Album Summary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Early in the Morning, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Are you the new person, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Rain in spring, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Paul Goodman")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : For Susan, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Paul Goodman")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : To a Young Girl, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Catullus
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Requiescat, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : I will always love you, for voice, string trio & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : That Shadow, My Likeness, song for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : On an echoing road, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : I Strolled Across an Open Field, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Alleluia, song for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Little Elegy, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Sometimes with One I Love, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Walt Whitman")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Hymn for Evening, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Orchids, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : On a Singing Girl, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Now sleeps the crimson petal, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Tennyson")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : What if some little pain, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Look Down Fair Moon, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : The Rainbow, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : More than a Day
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Their Lonely Betters, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : O Do Not Love Too Long, for voice & piano
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Comment on War, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : The Serpent, for voice & piano (from "Three Poems of Theodore Roethke")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Full of life now, for voice & piano
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Import Hybrid-SACD pressing.

Gramophone Magazine
This is a most attractive disc. The Prince Consort comprises five singers still young, clear and intelligent in their way with words, and their pianist-director, Alisdair Hogarth. Unusually they have a countertenor in their midst, the excellent Tim Mead, who shares the title-song, a duet, with Anna Leese, and has two of the best solos. South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo is also noteworthy: the recording brings out the individual timbre of his voice, and to him goes what I still find best of the songs, "Early in the morning".

BBC Music Magazine
All five singers have clearly grasped the importance of Rorem's text-based conception of song, 'poetry as expressed through the voice' and they sing - albeit in resolutely English English which can sometimes jar in Rorem's settings of poems by fellow-Americans - with an unforced lightness which brings the words to the fore.

The Guardian
The more one hears of Rorem's songs, too, the more intriguing they seem... The performances catch every drop of that naturalness, too; the disc may only scratch the surface of Rorem's songwriting (over 600 settings to date) but it crystallises its essence perfectly.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009).



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Works Details

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Early in the Morning, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Jacques Imbrailo (Bass)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1955

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Are you the new person, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Anna Leese (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Rain in spring, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Paul Goodman")
  • Performer: Tim Mead
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1949

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : For Susan, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Paul Goodman")
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Jennifer Johnston (Alto)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Jacques Imbrailo (Bass)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : To a Young Girl, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Anna Leese (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1951

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Catullus :: on the burial of his brother, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1947

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Requiescat, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
  • Performers: Jacques Imbrailo (Bass); Anna Leese (Soprano); Tim Mead
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : I will always love you, for voice, string trio & piano
  • Performer: Jennifer Johnston (Alto)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : That Shadow, My Likeness, song for voice & piano
  • Performer: Tim Mead
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1963

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : On an echoing road, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
  • Performers: Anna Leese (Soprano); Tim Mead
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : I Strolled Across an Open Field, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Jacques Imbrailo (Bass)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Alleluia, song for voice & piano
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1946

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Little Elegy, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Anna Leese (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1949

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Sometimes with One I Love, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Walt Whitman")
  • Performer: Tim Mead
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1957

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Hymn for Evening, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
  • Performers: Andrew Staples (Tenor); Jacques Imbrailo (Bass); Anna Leese (Soprano); Tim Mead
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1997

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Orchids, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Jennifer Johnston (Alto)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : On a Singing Girl, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1946

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Now sleeps the crimson petal, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Tennyson")
  • Performer: Anna Leese (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : What if some little pain, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Tim Mead
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1949

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Look Down Fair Moon, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Jennifer Johnston (Alto)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : The Rainbow, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
  • Performers: Andrew Staples (Tenor); Jacques Imbrailo (Bass); Jennifer Johnston (Alto)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : More than a Day :: Do I love you ?
  • Performer: Tim Mead
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Their Lonely Betters, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
  • Performer: Anna Leese (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : O Do Not Love Too Long, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Tim Mead
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Comment on War, for voices & piano (from "Evidence of Things Not Seen")
  • Performers: Anna Leese (Soprano); Jennifer Johnston (Alto)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : The Serpent, for voice & piano (from "Three Poems of Theodore Roethke")
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1972

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Full of life now, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Anna Leese (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: The Prince Consort (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, England (02/10/2009-02/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989