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Philip Lasser: Colors of Feelings / Elizabeth Futral, soprano; Susanna Phillips, soprano; Margo Garrett, piano; Michael York, narrator;

Album Summary

>Lasser, Philip : In Colors of Feelings, song cycle for soprano & piano
>Lasser, Philip : Les visages de l'amour, song cycle for soprano & piano
>Lasser, Philip : Nicolette et Aucassin, song cycle for narrator, 2 sopranos & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The poetry of words and the poetry of music make for a strange alchemy" mused American composer and Juilliard faculty member Lasser, by way of introducing these world premiere recordings. In Colors of Feelings offers vivid settings of poems by handicapped Tennessean writer Carson, who died tragically young. Les Visages de l'Amour treats 6 poetic visions of love by French-language poets. Nicolette et Aucassin is a synthesis of ancient and modern music for 2 sopranos and narrator inspired by a Medieval French "Chantefable".

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Lasser's collection of songs is performed dutifully by the singers and pianist. Balance on tracks with a soprano can be piercing sometimes. The Juilliard faculty composer's style is unapologetically tonal and effusive, bordering on gushy - after all, the title of the release is 'Colors of Feelings'. These are listenable songs for voice, piano, and a narrator in one set.

Gramophone
The success here partly lies in the choice of texts. One would be hard-pressed to find a more evocative poet than Wynelle Ann Carson, whose restraint in expression finds a carefully understated setting in Lasser's In Colors of Feelings... and a touching embodiment in Phillips... Lasser covers a broader canvas in Les visages de l'amour... six French texts about love rendered in a full emotional arch by Futral.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
He writes pleasant, compact, often elegant vocal music based on a wide range of poetry, with long lines and sensitive attention to texts. Three cycles are presented in this well-produced program. There is an open-heartedness to the Carson cycle that sounds American. It is richer and harmonically more complex than the Carson work. The story is described by Lasser as a "wonderfully tender" optimistic version of Romeo and Juliet. The final duet is a happy, tuneful coming together of the lovers; in the final cadence they reach the sea, dismount - and the song suddenly stops as the music starts to ascend. The piano writing is elegant as well and is beautifully played by Margo Garret. For fans of well made neo-romantic music sensitively in touch with its texts, this is an attractive release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (12/08/2011-12/10/2011).



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>Lasser, Philip : In Colors of Feelings, song cycle for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Margo Garrett (Piano); Susanna Phillips
  • Notes: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (12/08/2011-12/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2009

>Lasser, Philip : Les visages de l'amour, song cycle for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Margo Garrett (Piano); Elizabeth Futral
  • Notes: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (12/08/2011-12/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1998

>Lasser, Philip : Nicolette et Aucassin, song cycle for narrator, 2 sopranos & piano
  • Performers: Margo Garrett (Piano); Susanna Phillips; Elizabeth Futral
  • Notes: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (12/08/2011-12/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2008