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Copland: The Shining River - songs by Berlioz, Britten, Copland, R. Strauss, Vaughan Williams / Susan Chilcott, soprano; Iain Burnside, piano

Audio Samples

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
>Copland, Aaron : Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson, song cycle for voice & piano (orchestrated 1970 as "Poems (8) of Emil
>Copland, Aaron : Three Songs
>     no 1. Night
>Copland, Aaron : Poet's Song, song for voice & piano
>Copland, Aaron : Pastorale, song for voice & piano
>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, for voice & piano, Book 2
>Strauss, Richard : Three Ophelia Songs
>     no 1. Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb vor andern nun?
>Berlioz, Hector : La Mort d'Ophelie, song for soprano (or tenor) & piano, H. 92a (Op. 18/2)
>Argento, Dominick : Winter
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Orpheus with his lute
>Britten, Benjamin : Calypso (Driver, drive faster), for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
>Copland, Aaron : The Little Horses, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
>Copland, Aaron : Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson, song cycle for voice & piano (orchestrated 1970 as "Poems (8) of Emil
>Copland, Aaron : Three Songs
>Copland, Aaron : Poet's Song, song for voice & piano
>Copland, Aaron : Pastorale, song for voice & piano
>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, for voice & piano, Book 2
>Strauss, Richard : Three Ophelia Songs
>Berlioz, Hector : La Mort d'Ophelie, song for soprano (or tenor) & piano, H. 92a (Op. 18/2)
>Argento, Dominick : Winter
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Orpheus with his lute
>Britten, Benjamin : Calypso (Driver, drive faster), for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
>Copland, Aaron : The Little Horses, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Until her untimely death in 2003, Susan Chilcott was placed among the outstanding lyric sopranos of her generation, one whose captivating stage presence, dramatic vitality and vocal poetry created memorable portrayals of heroines in Verdi, Janácek and Britten, among others. Her last recording was of songs by Copland, acclaimed at the time of its first release for her 'commanding authority' and 'youthful vitality' (Gramophone). This recital is now complemented by a range of Shakespeare-inspired songs from Berlioz to Dominick Argento, never previously released.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
Her strong, supple voice [is] packed with beauty, character and potential...Scratch away the loss and grief - a difficult job - and what you hear is a performance of fierce intelligence and wit, a voice that takes flight gloriously...It is also a recital in which Burnside, often reserved in his expression, shines.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
Her performances of Copland at his folksiest feel perfectly idiomatic, and without the starchiness one still hears from some American singers. As much as she enjoys the text, she uses her full operatic voice without any gimmicky tone manipulation...Even those who are only now catching up with Chilcott's art will know what the fuss was about.

Sunday Times, 20th October 2013
Even after chemotherapy, her voice sounds youthful and radiant, and her artistry in Strauss's and Berlioz's melancholic Ophelia Songs, in the joie de vivre of Britten's Auden setting, Calypso, and in the sublime simplicity of Vaughan Williams's Orpheus with His Lute, is at its peak.

The Guardian, 19th September 2013
Both recordings capture the blaze in her tone and the fire in her soul that made her so special. Copland's 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson and Ophelia songs by Strauss and Berlioz are reminders of the unflinching way in which she could confront the darker recesses of the human psyche.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The sound is great; the booklet contains reminiscences about her from family, friends, and fellow artists, in English and translated into German and French, and full-color pictures of her in various opera roles. There are English texts and translations for all the songs.



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Works Details

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
  • Performers: Susan Chilcott (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, London (2002-09-09&2002-09-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1950

>Copland, Aaron : Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson, song cycle for voice & piano (orchestrated 1970 as "Poems (8) of Emil
  • Performers: Susan Chilcott (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, London (2002-09-09&2002-09-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1949-1950

>Copland, Aaron : Three Songs :: no 1. Night
  • Performers: Susan Chilcott (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, London (2002-09-09&2002-09-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Copland, Aaron : Poet's Song, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Chilcott (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, London (2002-09-09&2002-09-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Copland, Aaron : Pastorale, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Chilcott (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, London (2002-09-09&2002-09-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, for voice & piano, Book 2
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Susan Chilcott (Soprano)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, London (2002-09-09&2002-09-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1952

>Strauss, Richard : Three Ophelia Songs :: no 1. Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb vor andern nun?
  • Performers: Susan Chilcott (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1918
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Berlioz, Hector : La Mort d'Ophélie, song for soprano (or tenor) & piano, H. 92a (Op. 18/2)
  • Performers: Susan Chilcott (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1842
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Argento, Dominick : Winter
  • Performers: Susan Chilcott (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Orpheus with his lute
  • Performers: Susan Chilcott (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1901
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Britten, Benjamin : Calypso (Driver, drive faster), for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
  • Performers: Susan Chilcott (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1937
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Copland, Aaron : The Little Horses, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)
  • Performers: Susan Chilcott (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952
  • Studio/Live: Live