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Echoes of Nightingales / Christine Brewer, Roger Vignoles, piano

Audio Samples

>Homer, Sidney : Sing to me, sing, Op 28
>McArthur, Edwin : Night, for voice & piano
>Kramer, A. Walter : Now like a lantern, for voice & piano
>Tyson, Mildred Lund : Sea Moods, for voice & piano
>Ronald, Landon : O Lovely Night for voice & orchestra
>Rogers, James Hotchkiss : At parting
>Carpenter, John Alden : Sleep That Flits On Baby's Eyes for voice & piano
>Sargent : Hickory Hill
>Youmans, Vincent : Through the years
>     [Excerpt]
>Nordoff : There shall be more joy
>La Forge, Frank : Hills
>Bridge, Frank : Love went a-riding, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 114
>Firestone, Idabelle : In my garden
>Romberg, Sigmund : Will You Remember?, song (from "Maytime")
>Firestone, Idabelle : If I Could Tell You
>Flotow, Friedrich von : Die letzte Rose (as interpolated into "Martha") (a.k.a. "The Last Rose of Summer")
>Moya, Harold Vicars : Song of Songs (Chanson du coeur brise), for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Montaine, John La : Stopping By the Woods On A Snowy Evening, for voice & piano
>Arlen, Harold : Happiness is a thing called Joe, song
>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town
>     Some other time
>Charles, Ernest : When I have sung my songs
>Dougherty, Celius : Review, for voice & piano

Album Summary

>Homer, Sidney : Sing to me, sing, Op 28
>McArthur, Edwin : Night, for voice & piano
>Kramer, A. Walter : Now like a lantern, for voice & piano
>Tyson, Mildred Lund : Sea Moods, for voice & piano
>Ronald, Landon : O Lovely Night for voice & orchestra
>Rogers, James Hotchkiss : At parting
>Carpenter, John Alden : Sleep That Flits On Baby's Eyes for voice & piano
>Sargent : Hickory Hill
>Youmans, Vincent : Through the years
>Nordoff : There shall be more joy
>La Forge, Frank : Hills
>Bridge, Frank : Love went a-riding, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 114
>Firestone, Idabelle : In my garden
>Romberg, Sigmund : Will You Remember?, song (from "Maytime")
>Firestone, Idabelle : If I Could Tell You
>Flotow, Friedrich von : Die letzte Rose (as interpolated into "Martha") (a.k.a. "The Last Rose of Summer")
>Moya, Harold Vicars : Song of Songs (Chanson du coeur brise), for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Montaine, John La : Stopping By the Woods On A Snowy Evening, for voice & piano
>Arlen, Harold : Happiness is a thing called Joe, song
>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town
>Charles, Ernest : When I have sung my songs
>Dougherty, Celius : Review, for voice & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This delightful disc from Christine Brewer, one of the most admired sopranos of today, pays homage to both an important musical tradition and four great sopranos from the past. The repertoire includes the encore-songs performed by Kirsten Flagstad, Eileen Farrell, Helen Traubel and Eleanor Steber at the end of their recitals. Brewer is ably accompanied by her long-time collaborator Roger Vignoles.

The repertoire includes the encore-songs, mainly by American composers, performed by Kirsten Flagstad, Eileen Farrell, Helen Traubel and Eleanor Steber at the end of their recitals. As Christine Brewer writes in an intimate performance note: 'These little gems evoke an era of recitals not often encountered these days. Stepping back into that era has been a joy to Roger and me, and I hope it will bring back memories to those who might have heard these women sing these songs, or perhaps ignite a new love affair for younger listeners!'

"It is her ability to reduce her sound that enables her to avoid bringing too much power to 'The Last Rose' and to put across Bernstein's 'Some other time' in a relaxed and intimate manner...Brewer's own [encore], 'Review', has the final word...It's fun and provides a final encore for which it was well worth staying till the end." -International Record Review

"unlike many dramatic sopranos, Brewer here demonstrates a clarity of enunciation and a variety of tone that suits this lighter material...Irresistable." -BBC Music Magazine

The Guardian
Brewer, in tremendous voice, carves out a niche as [Flagstad, Farrell, Traubel and Steber's] successor, partly because the majestic quality of her delivery equals theirs, but more importantly because she, like they, has the ability to make this repertoire live and breathe without sounding mawkish...And Brewer's pianist, Roger Vignoles, sounds as if he's thoroughly enjoying himself.

Gramophone Magazine
Brewer hosts her party with flair, unselfconscious enjoyment and unerring style. Never do we sense the opera singer trying to appropriate an alien domain...Vignoles is indeed unfailingly sympathetic, but so much more: an animator and colourist whose rhythmic energy and legerdemain contribute crucially to the success of the whole delightful, offbeat recital.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009).



Reviews

Details
Sidney Homer (1864-1953): "Sing to me, sing," Op. 48
Edwin McArthur (1907-87): "Night"
Arthur Walter Kramer (1890-1969): "Now like a lantern," Op. 44, No. 5
Mildred Lund Tyson (1900-?): "Sea Moods"
Sir Landon Ronald (1873-1938): "O lovely night!"
James H. Rogers (1857-1940): "At Parting"
John Alden Carpenter (1876-1951): "The sleep that flits on baby's eyes"
Paul Sargent (1910-87): "Hickory Hill"
Vincent Youmans (1898-1946): "Through the years"
Paul Nordoff (1909-77): "There shall be more joy"
Frank La Forge (1879-1953): "Hills"
Frank Bridge (1879-1941): "Love went a-riding"
Idabelle Firestone (1874-1954): "In my garden"
Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951): "Will you remember? Sweetheart" from Maytime
Idabelle Firestone (1874-1954): "If I could tell you"
Trad./Thomas Moore (1779-1852), arr. Friedrich von Flotow (1812-1883): "The last rose of summer" from Martha
Harold Vicars (?-?): "The song of songs (Chanson du coeur brisť)"
John La Montaine (b.1920): "Stopping by woods on a snowy evening"
Harold Arlen (1905-86): "Happiness is a thing called Joe" from Cabin in the Sky
Leonard Bernstein (1918-90): "Some other time" from On the Town
Ernest Charles (1895-1984): "When I have sung my songs"
Celius Dougherty (1902-1986): "Review"
Submitted on 09/21/11 by HB 
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Works Details

>Homer, Sidney : Sing to me, sing, Op 28
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>McArthur, Edwin : Night, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Kramer, A. Walter : Now like a lantern, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tyson, Mildred Lund : Sea Moods, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.

>Ronald, Landon : O Lovely Night for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Rogers, James Hotchkiss : At parting
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Carpenter, John Alden : Sleep That Flits On Baby's Eyes for voice & piano
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Sargent : Hickory Hill
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Youmans, Vincent : Through the years :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Nordoff : There shall be more joy
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.

>La Forge, Frank : Hills
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bridge, Frank : Love went a-riding, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 114
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Firestone, Idabelle : In my garden
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Romberg, Sigmund : Will You Remember?, song (from "Maytime")
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Firestone, Idabelle : If I Could Tell You
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Flotow, Friedrich von : Die letzte Rose (as interpolated into "Martha") (a.k.a. "The Last Rose of Summer")
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Moya, Harold Vicars : Song of Songs (Chanson du coeur brisé), for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Montaine, John La : Stopping By the Woods On A Snowy Evening, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Arlen, Harold : Happiness is a thing called Joe, song
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town :: Some other time
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Charles, Ernest : When I have sung my songs
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1920

>Dougherty, Celius : Review, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern