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Jake Heggie: Passing By / Von Stade, Susan Graham

Audio Samples

>Heggie, Jake : At the Statue of Venus
>     A Lucky Child
>Heggie, Jake : Some Times of Day, songs (3) for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back
>     Motherwit
>     Grounded
>     Mother in the Mirror
>     Facing Forward
>Heggie, Jake : Here and Gone, song cycle for 2 voices & piano quartet
>Heggie, Jake : To Say Before Going to Sleep, for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia, song cycle for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Final Monologue from Master Class, for voice & piano

Album Summary

>Heggie, Jake : At the Statue of Venus
>Heggie, Jake : Some Times of Day, songs (3) for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back
>Heggie, Jake : Here and Gone, song cycle for 2 voices & piano quartet
>Heggie, Jake : To Say Before Going to Sleep, for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia, song cycle for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Final Monologue from Master Class, for voice & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

One of the leading American composers of his generation, Jake Heggie arrives on Avie with a gorgeous collection of new songs performed by a stunning array of international vocalists. Fresh from the success of the Dallas Opera premiere of his Moby Dick, the Guggenheim Fellowship recipient describes this collection as "songs that tell stories about now and then." Indelibly associated with his acclaimed operas, including Dead Man Walking (Top 10 Billboard Classical Chart), Three Decembers, and The End of the Affair, Jake's heart and soul lie in storytelling through song. With lyrics and poetry by A.E. Housman, Terrence McNally, and Rainer Maria Rilke, these songs reflect the great American songbook tradition, replete with striking observations of life's journeys. Upcoming performance October 15, 2010 at the 31st Anniversary Gala of San Francisco Performances, Inc. Multiple performances in January - April 2011 with the Houston Grand Opera, at New York's Carnegie Hall, and with the Seattle Men's Chorus.

American composer Jake Heggie has penned some of the most beautiful vocal music of our day, and his operas and songs have been championed by some of today's foremost artists including Joyce di Donato, Susan Graham, and Frederica von Stade on the acclaimed AVIE release Passing By. On The moon's a gong, hung in the wild, Grammy®-nominated Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager is joined by the great Dutch lieder pianist Maurice Lammerts van Bueren, a devotee of Heggie's music who has given numerous premieres of the composer's work. This sublime collection - from the song cycles Statuesque, Songs to the Moon, The Breaking Waves, and Folk Songs - is by turns rhapsodic, humorous, and nostalgic.

"Heggie may prove to be contemporary opera's savior." - Chicago Tribune

BBC Music Magazine
...the composer's own fluent piano-playing, an expert string group and a good if sometimes over-glossy recording provide support for some world-class singers...who are clearly revelling in the opportunities that Heggie has offered them here.

Gramophone Magazine
I can do scant justice to this collection in the space permitted but suffice it to say that these songs "sing" most ardently. Heggie is not afraid to acknowledge, indeed embrace, America's Broadway heritage...but he displays at all times a really composerly instinct in the way these songs are structured.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-).



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>Heggie, Jake : At the Statue of Venus :: A Lucky Child
  • Performers: Carla-Maria Rodrigues (Viola); Emil Miland (Cello); Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Jake Heggie (Piano); Dawn Harms (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Heggie, Jake : Some Times of Day, songs (3) for voice & piano
  • Performers: Dawn Harms (Violin); Emil Miland (Cello); Cao Zheng (Soprano); Carla-Maria Rodrigues (Viola); Jake Heggie (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back :: Motherwit
  • Performers: Jake Heggie (Piano); Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Frederica Von Stade
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back :: Grounded
  • Performers: Jake Heggie (Piano); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Frederica Von Stade
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back :: Mother in the Mirror
  • Performers: Jake Heggie (Piano); Frederica Von Stade; Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back :: Facing Forward
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Jake Heggie (Piano); Frederica Von Stade
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Heggie, Jake : Here and Gone, song cycle for 2 voices & piano quartet
  • Performers: Keith Phares (Voice); Emil Miland (Cello); Paul Groves (Tenor); Dawn Harms (Violin); Jake Heggie (Piano); Carla-Maria Rodrigues (Viola)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2005

>Heggie, Jake : To Say Before Going to Sleep, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jake Heggie (Piano); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Heggie, Jake : Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jake Heggie (Piano); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1999

>Heggie, Jake : Final Monologue from Master Class, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jake Heggie (Piano); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007