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Allan Blank: Song Cycles with Double Bass and Piano

Two Song Cycles by Allan Blank

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2012


Artists:

Andrew Kohn

double bass

Catherine Thieme

mezzo-soprano

Robert Frankenberry

piano

Robert Thieme

piano

Jennifer Miller

soprano

Record Label
Albany Records

Genre:

Vocal & Song




Total Time - 64:03
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Poems from the Holocaust

 
1 De Prfoundis: A Song of Ascents 5:32
 Catherine Thieme mezzo-soprano
 Robert Thieme piano
2 At Terezin 2:37
 Catherine Thieme mezzo-soprano
 Robert Thieme piano
3 Shpieltzeig 5:46
 Catherine Thieme mezzo-soprano
 Robert Thieme piano
4 Man Proposes, God Disposes 1:21
 Catherine Thieme mezzo-soprano
 Robert Thieme piano
5 Makh Tsu Di Eygelekh 10:20
 Catherine Thieme mezzo-soprano
 Robert Thieme piano
6 The Butterfly 3:02
 Catherine Thieme mezzo-soprano
 Robert Thieme piano
7 Kaddish 4:57
 Catherine Thieme mezzo-soprano
 Robert Thieme piano
     
 

Introduction, Five Poems, Interludes & Conclusion

 
8 Introduction 2:56
 Jennifer Miller soprano
 Robert Frankenberry piano
9 Let Evening Come 5:28
 Jennifer Miller soprano
 Robert Frankenberry piano
10 Interlude I 1:57
 Jennifer Miller soprano
 Robert Frankenberry piano
11 Pennies at Dusk 2:13
 Jennifer Miller soprano
 Robert Frankenberry piano
12 Interlude II 1:23
 Jennifer Miller soprano
 Robert Frankenberry piano
13 Finding a Long Gray Hair 2:21
 Jennifer Miller soprano
 Robert Frankenberry piano
14 Interlude III 0:59
 Jennifer Miller soprano
 Robert Frankenberry piano
15 The Thimble 2:23
 Jennifer Miller soprano
 Robert Frankenberry piano
16 Interlude IV 0:29
 Jennifer Miller soprano
 Robert Frankenberry piano
17 Otherwise 5:41
 Jennifer Miller soprano
 Robert Frankenberry piano
18 Conclusion 4:38
 Jennifer Miller soprano
 Robert Frankenberry piano
 Andrew Kohn double bass


Composer Allan Blank has written two song cycles for voice and piano with double bass, both of which are given world premiere recordings on this album. One cycle uses poetry from the Holocaust and the second is based on poetry by Jane Kenyon. Allen Blank is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Many of his more than 300 compositions have been published and recorded. Three of the performers are affiliated with West Virginia University (Catharine Thieme, mezzo-soprano, Robert Thieme, piano, Andrew Kohn, double bass). Soprano Jennifer Miller is an active performer in the Pittsburgh area and pianist Robert Frankenberry is a member of New York’s Phoenix Players.

 "... the sentiments expresse by the poetry are beautifully enhanced by the musical settings. Blank writes memorable melodies, and the adition of the double bass makes these lengthy cycles more engrossing..."

David W Moore - American Record Guide - January/February 2013


 “Allan Blank has a keen sense of narrative. …he is an important composer in the world of song. …Blank knows how to maximize his material effectively; one of his strengths is not to labor a point, but to have confidence in his imagination and his ability to translate that to the page, and hence to us. …Recommended.” 

 Colin Clarke - Fanfare - January/February 2012




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