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The Unquiet Heart - American Song Cycles / Emerson, Shrut

> Sleep Now - No. 1. I Hear an Army
> Sleep Now - No. 2. Ecce Puer
> Sleep Now - No. 3. She Weeps Over Rahoon
> Sleep Now - No. 4. The Twilight Turns from Amethyst
> Sleep Now - No. 5. Sleep Now
> Try Me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII - No. 1. Katherine of Aragon
> Try Me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII - No. 2. Anne Boleyn
> Try Me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII - No. 3. Jane Seymour
> Try Me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII - No. 4. Anne of Cleves
> Try Me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII - No. 5. Katherine Howard
> Songs of Love and Longing - No. 1. Endless Autumn Nights
> Songs of Love and Longing - No. 2. The One Who Greets Me
> Songs of Love and Longing - No. 3. Dark Seed
> Songs of Love and Longing - No. 4. Echoes
> Songs of Love and Longing - No. 5. Moonless Nights
> Songs of Love and Longing - No. 6. The Bashful Moon
> Songs of Love and Longing - No. 7. From This World
> A Thousand Years of Love - No. 1. Tonight, When There is No Moon
> A Thousand Years of Love - No. 2. What's Wrong with Me?
> A Thousand Years of Love - No. 3. O Mistress Mine
> A Thousand Years of Love - No. 4. Luci serene e chiare
> A Thousand Years of Love - No. 5. Lean Your Cheek
> A Thousand Years of Love - No. 6. Chanson d'Amour
> A Thousand Years of Love - No. 7. Were it Undo
> A Thousand Years of Love - No. 8. In Amerike
> A Thousand Years of Love - No. 9. Valley Girl in Love
> A Thousand Years of Love - No. 10. Lunar Joe

Album Summary

>Perera, Ronald : Sleep Now, cycle of 5 songs for voice & piano
>Larsen, Libby : Try Me, Good King
>Paulus, Stephen : Songs of Love and Longing, for voice & piano
>Adolphe, Bruce : A Thousand Years of Love, for voice & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Though the songs on this CD focus specifically on manifestations of love - infatuation, passion, anxiety, fidelity, betrayal, delusion, loneliness and reminiscence - their texts come from a wide range of sources. The larger theme is nonetheless poignantly epitomized by a phrase from James Joyce, The Unquiet Heart, which tells of the unsettled, unnamable and unutterable sensations we all experience in our lifelong search for love.



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Works Details

>Perera, Ronald : Sleep Now, cycle of 5 songs for voice & piano
  • Performers: Karen Emerson (Soprano); Arlene Shrut (Piano)
  • Notes: Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA (05/08/2006-05/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Larsen, Libby : Try Me, Good King :: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Karen Emerson (Soprano); Arlene Shrut (Piano)
  • Notes: Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA (05/08/2006-05/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Paulus, Stephen : Songs of Love and Longing, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Karen Emerson (Soprano); Arlene Shrut (Piano)
  • Notes: Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA (05/08/2006-05/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991-1992

>Adolphe, Bruce : A Thousand Years of Love, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Karen Emerson (Soprano); Arlene Shrut (Piano)
  • Notes: Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA (05/08/2006-05/10/2006)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998