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GRIER, L.: Vocal Music (J. Lee)

GRIER, L.: Vocal Music (J. Lee)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012


Artists:

Lee, Josephine


Alexander Tall

Soloist

Elizabeth Norman

Soloist

John Goodwin

Soloist

Josephine Lee

Soloist

Levi Hernandez

Soloist

Michelle Areyzaga

Soloist

Welz Kauffman

Soloist

William Billingham

Soloist

Chicago Children's Choir



Record Label
Cedille

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 66:22
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EMILY HUNTINGTON MILLER

 

5 Songs for Children

 
1 No. 1. Afternoon on a Hill 0:53
 Welz Kauffman Soloist
     
 

WALTER DE LA MARE

2 No. 2. The Sea Shell 0:58
 Michelle Areyzaga Soloist
     
 

CHRISTINA ROSSETTI

3 No. 3. Someone 1:30
 Michelle Areyzaga Soloist
     
 

AMY LOWELL

4 No. 4. Who Has Seen the Wind 1:57
 Welz Kauffman Soloist
     
 

LITA GRIER

5 No. 5. The Bluebird 1:48
 Michelle Areyzaga Soloist
     
 

ALAN ALEXANDER MILNE

6 

Sneezles

3:21
 William Billingham Soloist
     
 

A.E HOUSMAN

 

5 Songs from A Shropshire Lad

 
7 No. 1. Oh, when I was in love with you 0:53
 William Billingham Soloist
     
8 No. 2. Along the field as we came by 2:55
 William Billingham Soloist
     
9 No. 3. Think no more, lad 0:42
 William Billingham Soloist
     
 

LITA GRIER

10 No. 4. If it chance your eye offend you 1:14
 William Billingham Soloist
     
 

A.E HOUSMAN

11 No. 5. When I was one-and-twenty 1:06
 William Billingham Soloist
     
 

LITA GRIER

 

2 Songs from Emily Dickinson

 
12 No. 1. I cannot live with you 4:42
 Michelle Areyzaga Soloist
     
13 No. 2. I taste a liquor never brewed 1:41
 Michelle Areyzaga Soloist
     
 

Songs from Spoon River

 
14 I. The Hill, Part 1 4:18
 Welz Kauffman Soloist
     
 

EDGAR LEE MASTERS

15 II. Sarah Brown 2:28
 Alexander Tall Soloist
     
16 III. Zenas Witt 1:58
 Welz Kauffman Soloist
     
 

LITA GRIER

17 IV. Lucinda Matlock 2:52
 Welz Kauffman Soloist
     
 

EDGAR LEE MASTERS

18 V. Anne Rutledge 2:37
 Levi Hernandez Soloist
     
19 VI. Petit the Poet 3:03
 Michelle Areyzaga Soloist
     
 

LITA GRIER

20 VII. Margaret Fuller Slack 4:01
 Alexander Tall Soloist
     
 

EDGAR LEE MASTERS

21 VIII. Fiddler Jones 1:53
 Elizabeth Norman Soloist
     
22 IX. Rita Matlock Gruenberg 4:26
 Elizabeth Norman Soloist
     
 

LITA GRIER

23 X. The Hill, Part 2 2:44
 Elizabeth Norman Soloist
     
 

MATTIE J.T. STEPANEK

 

Reflections of a Peacemaker

 
24 I. As it Was in the Beginning 1:11
 Josephine Lee Soloist
 Lee, Josephine
     
25 II. Eternal Role Call 3:04
 John Goodwin Soloist
 Lee, Josephine
     
26 III. The Pirate Song 2:20
 Josephine Lee Soloist
 Lee, Josephine
     
27 IV. About Living, Part 3 2:48
 Josephine Lee Soloist
 Lee, Josephine
     
28 V. I AM 2:59
 John Goodwin Soloist
 Lee, Josephine


Cedille Records presents a career-spanning collection of sublime songs by celebrated Chicago composer Lita Grier, who has crafted contemporary settings for works by illustrious English and American poets.These mostly world-premiere recordings project a musical panorama of the human experience from childhood to adulthood and beyond. Here are timeless truths told through enchanting poetry in settings that underscore the richness of their imagery.

 
The program opens with Five Songs for Children, with words by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Amy Lowell, Walter de la Mare, Christina Rossetti, and Emily Huntington Miller.
 
Light and whimsical, Sneezles is based on an A.A. Milne poem about the author’s favorite character, Christopher Robin. In Five Songs from "A Shropshire Lad," Grier’s music underscores the urgency of the carpe diem message of A.E. Housman’s poetry. Two Songs from Emily Dickinson are, by turns, wistful and impressionist.
 
The album’s centerpiece, the Ravinia-comissioned, ten-song cycle Songs from Spoon River, comprises powerful portraits based on texts from Edgar Lee Masters’s Spoon River Anthology, in which fictional residents of a rural Illinois town reflect on their lives from beyond the grave.
 
This first-ever recording devoted exclusively to Grier’s music concludes with Reflections of a Peacemaker: five life-affirming verses by the late teen poet Mattie J.T. Stepanek (1990-2004), sung by the Chicago Children’s Choir conducted by Josephine Lee, with John Goodwin at the piano.
 
The stellar lineup of solo singers includes sopranos Michelle Areyzaga and Elizabeth Norman, tenor Scott Ramsay, and baritones Robert Sims, Alexander Tall, and Levi Hernandez, with pianists William Billingham and Welz Kauffman, President of the Ravinia Festival, taking turns at the keyboard.
 
"Recommended. Inspiring!" 
 
Musical Pointers, U.K

 "... a long overdue tribute to a woman whose compositional corpus is long overdue itself." 

 
AudiophileAudition.com

"Grier seemingly has an inborn knack for judicious selection of texts and skill for making the notes caress them and bring them to life, these works are a marvelous addition to the art song repertoire and this recording a wonderful addition to a CD library" 
 
Classical Voice of New England
 

"Her songs...impress with their uncontrived spontaneity and sensitivity to words that’’s not always easy to achieve when writing songs to English texts... they show the... nuanced, multilayered sophistication of the most refined songwriter, reminding us that Grier was,and is, the real thing, and we can be glad that she’’s back as a full-time composer.While you may understandably have been unaware of Lita Grier’’s music during the past 30 years, here’’s your chance to correct the situation, and to show your support for a composer who held out for creative integrity over blind devotion to faddish, stylistic conformity. You’’ve gotta love that, and you’ll really enjoy this well-conceived, excellently performed program. Highly recommended!" 
 
ClassicsToday.com
 

"This is a wonderful collection of songs and song cycles spanning the entire career of Chicago composer Grier. Her settings of 10 poems from Edgar Lee Masters’’ "Spoon River Anthology" (a result of three Ravinia commissions) lend evocative counterforce to their bittersweet sentiments and are beautifully performed by Elizabeth Norman."
 
Chicago Tribune

"This is a fascinating program and I’m pleased to recommend it. I’m also glad Lita Grier is back on the job and suspect you will be too." 
 
American Record Guide



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