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Margaret Ruthven Lang: New Love Must Rise / Donald George, tenor; Lucy Mauro, piano

> On an April Apple Bough - On an April Apple Bough
> Before My Lady's Window, Op. 19, No. 4 - Before My Lady's Window, Op. 19, No. 4
> In the Greenwood, Op. 19, No. 2 - In the Greenwood, Op. 19, No. 2
> In a Garden - In a Garden
> The Bird, Op. 40, No. 3 - The Bird, Op. 40, No. 3
> Nameless Pain - Nameless Pain
> Northward, Op. 37, No. 6 - Northward, Op. 37, No. 6
> My Garden, Op. 28, No. 3 - My Garden, Op. 28, No. 3
> I Knew the Flowers Had Dreamed of You - I Knew the Flowers Had Dreamed of You
> Song in the Songless, Op. 38, No. 4 - Song in the Songless, Op. 38, No. 4
> In the Twilight - In the Twilight
> An Even Psalm, Op. 46, No. 1 - An Even Psalm, Op. 46, No. 1
> The Harbor of Dreams, Op. 7, No. 3 - The Harbor of Dreams, Op. 7, No. 3
> In the Night, Op. 39, No. 3 - In the Night, Op. 39, No. 3
> More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 - No. 1. There was an old man of Dumbree
> More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 - No. 3. There was a young lady in blue
> More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 - No. 9. There was a young lady of Parma
> More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 - No. 7. The was an old person of Jodd
> More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 - No. 8. There was a young lady in white
> More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 - No. 6. There was a young lady whose eyes
> To-Morrow, Op. 39, No. 7 - To-Morrow, Op. 39, No. 7
> Lydia, Op. 32, No. 2 - Lydia, Op. 32, No. 2
> A Thought, Op. 37, No. 1 - A Thought, Op. 37, No. 1
> Lied der Nebenbuhlerin - Lied der Nebenbuhlerin
> Lament , Op. 6, No. 3 - Lament, Op. 6, No. 3
> An Irish Mother's Lullaby, Op. 34 - An Irish Mother's Lullaby, Op. 34
> Night, Op. 7, No. 1 - Night, Op. 7, No. 1

Album Summary

>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : The Garden, for voice & piano
>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : The Twilight, for voice & piano
>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, for voice & piano, Op. 43
>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : To-Morrow, for voice & piano, Op. 39/7
>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : Lydia, for voice & piano, Op. 32/2
>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : A Thought, for voice & piano, Op. 37/1
>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : Lied der Nebenbuhlerin, for voice & piano
>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : Lament, for voice & piano, Op. 6/3
>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : An Irish Mother's Lullaby, for voice & piano, Op. 34
>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : Night, for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Vol.2 of delightful art songs seeks to re-establish Lang's long-forgotten reputation as the most significant American woman composer of her day. Historically important as the 1st American female composer to have her music performed by leading American orchestras, she never published (and later destroyed) those works, and stopped composing altogether in mid-life. But her published works - primarily her body of 130 art songs - reveal the rare skill and striking appeal of her art.

MusicWeb International
Tenor Donald George and pianist Lucy Mauro are in this CD, as in the first, in fine form. The musical rapport between them is transparent throughout, as is their obvious admiration for the composer. They revel in the music; their sheer delight is contagious and, like me, you will suddenly realise that you are smiling, all alone in a room, for no apparent reason!... the songs of the second volume are as admirable as the ones of the first. Lang's music is full of appealing melodies and sophisticated harmonies but most of all, the songs have a freshness, an innocence of days gone by. They are often deceptively simple but the more one listens, the more one grasps their delicate complexity. This collection of little musical treasures comes, yet again, in an attractive, colourful package as delightful as the music.

San Francisco Classical Voice
[Margaret Ruthven Lang's] songs' melodic invention and beauty, coupled with imaginative and sophisticated piano support, are superbly realized by tenor Donald George and pianist Lucy Mauro, who are on an ardent personal mission to revive interest in her music. With these two volumes of songs now on CD, Lang's wonderful music is ripe for rediscovery.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Pianist Lucy Mauro plays with skill and sensitivity. Tenor Donald George has a warm,\ attractive voice, but it seems limited here to either loud and dramatic or medium-soft and plushy, with rather fruity rounded vowels. Both performers are to be commended for their efforts to bring Lang's work out of obscurity, but the songs might sound less like period pieces with a more nuanced and incisive performance. This is their second volume of Lang songs; the texts are not printed in the booklet, but a separate disc containing the texts for the songs in both volumes is included with the first volume. (It also contains the full scores in digital form, a boon to other singers who might wish to perform the songs.)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University, USA (09/19/2009-09/20/2009).



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Works Details

>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : The Garden, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University, USA (09/19/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : The Twilight, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University, USA (09/19/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, for voice & piano, Op. 43
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University, USA (09/19/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : To-Morrow, for voice & piano, Op. 39/7
  • Performers: Lucy Mauro (Piano); Donald George (Tenor)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University, USA (09/19/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : Lydia, for voice & piano, Op. 32/2
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University, USA (09/19/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : A Thought, for voice & piano, Op. 37/1
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University, USA (09/19/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : Lied der Nebenbuhlerin, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University, USA (09/19/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : Lament, for voice & piano, Op. 6/3
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University, USA (09/19/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : An Irish Mother's Lullaby, for voice & piano, Op. 34
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University, USA (09/19/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Lang, Margaret Ruthven : Night, for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University, USA (09/19/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal