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Mortality Mansions: Songs of Love and Loss after 60

The National Association of Teachers of Singing‘s November/December issue of The Journal of Singing features a rave new review for Herschel Garfein’s Mortality Mansions: Songs of Love and Loss after 60 recording:

“Herschel Garfein’s song cycle Mortality Mansions … serves as a stirring final testament to Donald Hall’s work and to the almost limitless possibilities that can spring from the imaginative collaboration between poet and composer. …

Mortality Mansions is one of the most deeply moving and impressive vocal works of the 21st century…

By the time we reach the eleventh and final song, ‘Gold,’ we have been taken on a wrenching yet illuminating journey that cannot easily be forgotten.…

This is a recording that belongs on the shelf of anybody who cares about great poetry, great music, and the miracle that occurs when they are combined this masterfully.”

—Gregory Berg, The Journal of Singing

See the full review in the November/December issue in print and online at www.nats.org


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Cuban Memoirs

“It is with a mix of pleasure and surprise that I listened to Cuban Memoirs (DE3535), a Delos CD of piano music by Andrés Alén.…Through ten tracks, spanning roughly 54 minutes of playing time, the protean pianist William Villaverde. tackles and conquers the technical intricacies of Alén’s music. But that’s merely technique, and what matters in Villaverde’s playing are his soulful, quintessentially Latin interpretive gifts.

In the art of syncopating and playing off the beat, Villaverde is masterful, easygoing, joyfully off-hand. He sails through the six preludes by Alén without breaking a sweat, yet remains ever coolly elegant. The Danzón Legrand straddles the early 20th-century high society dance with the French flair of a great composer of film music, and the substantial Theme and Variations on a theme by Pablo Milanés provides the satisfying ending to this treasure of a CD.

In all of this music, William Villaverde excels by not merely conquering the technical twists and turns of the music but infusing the music of  Andrés Alén with the insights of a  kindred Cuban musical soul.

Rafael de Acha, Rafael’s Music Notes

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Mark Abel: Time and Distance

Culture Spot LA‘s Theodore Bell offers an in-depth review of Delos’ latest recording of music by composer Mark Abel – Time and Distance – featuring Hila Plitmann, Janelle DeStefano, Carol Rosenberger, Tali Tadmor, and Bruce Carver:

“Plitmann brings her exceptional talent to three works, the first of which, “Those Who Loved Medusa,” links the modern #MeToo movement and the legend of Medusa through text inspired by Los Angeles poet Kate Gale. Carver opens the piece with shimmering crotale tones to set an ancient context before the music emotes to Plitmann’s dramatic account of Medusa’s rape by Poseidon. Her voice is unsettling as she conjures the fear in the victims, who are then intimidated by deeply embedded social fears inspired by historical misogyny and abuse of women.…Plitmann again presents an affective portrayal of lingering dissonance with three songs comprising “In the Rear View Mirror Now,” only this time from the personal perspective of one’s past. The music is upbeat and sonorous and beautifully expresses her second-guessing and bittersweet memories. Tadmor and Abel meld piano and organ to create accompaniment to Plitmann’s emotive vocals. A piano figure is counterbalanced against deep bass tones from Abel’s organ, the two interacting in a seemingly perpetual motion.…Not all is bleak, however. Plitmann returns on the final track of the collection for “The Benediction,” to sing a final lamentation that resolves into a dreamy glimmer of hope for future generations.…DeStefano is equally evocative with her singing of “The Invocation,” which serves as the introduction to the disc and effectively sets the overall tone. She has a rich, warm and nuanced voice that provides subtle affective interpretations of Abel’s text. Immediately, Rosenberger’s nimble piano propels the listener vicariously down life’s path, followed by a poetic retrospection realizing the dangerous seductions and close calls that one must unknowingly brush in the course of living one’s life.…Bravo! A very creative collection of song with extraordinary singers and timely topics.”

Theodore Bell, Culture Spot LA

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Transcendent

Stereophile Magazine’s Jason Victor Serious has a RAVE review for the Asia / America New Music Institute‘s new recording, Transcendent:

There is music so new, so original, so contemplative, and so deeply felt that it makes you want to listen, and then demands that you listen again. It’s music whose layers peel back over time, as it draws you deeper into its mysteries. For premiere recordings of compositions that address time and place, and then often take you beyond them, Transcendent (DE 3555), the first offering on Delos from composer/orchestrator Chad Cannon’s Asia/America New Music Institute (AANMI), earns its title.… [The composers] are unapologetic in their creation of true art music—music intended for deep and concentrated listening rather than as background wallpaper for our ever so occupied lives. Theirs is the musical equivalent of the brilliant artwork that may surface first in a Soho Studio (if any artists can still afford Soho), and then find itself on the walls of the Whitney or MOMA. It’s the kind of music that intellectuals will gobble up for its layered brilliance, and others will love for its emotional commitment, deeply passionate expression, and imaginative expanse. … [One] unifying factor, on Matthew Aucoin’s Two Whitman Songs, Chad Cannon’s 6-part Wild Grass on the Riverbank, and Sun-Young Park’s My Beloved, is Davóne Tines’s marvelous voice. Resonant and full, it can also rise to a sweet sliver of sound. Tines’s singing comes across as unedited and in the moment—there are occasional real world blemishes—which results in some of the most emotionally charged performances of new vocal music I’ve heard in some time.

Jason Victor Serious, Stereophile

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To Play Again

TheaterJones.com‘s Cathy Ritchie has a new review for Carol Rosenberger’s To Play Again memoir:

“I confess I was unfamiliar with the pianist Carol Rosenberger before this memoir came along. Mea culpa to me, as she has had a prolific recording, performing, teaching, and disc-producing career over the past four decades. But it’s primarily her struggles with physical challenges and their aftermath that form the basis of the story she now shares. … Rosenberger is now 85, and her post-polio accomplishments have included recording and university-level teaching. She chronicles it all in this memoir, which is gracefully written. … Her story should be experienced and her resilience applauded.”

Cathy Ritchie, Theater Jones

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Spotify Playlist: A Cuban AdventureAll three of our July releases had a common thread running between them: the music and musical influences of Cuba. There was of course William Villaverde’s Cuban Memoirs, featuring the music of Cuban composer Andrés Alén, then Piet Koornhof and Albie van Schalkwyk displayed the influence of Cuban music on Soviet composer Igor Frolov on Frolov and Friends, and finally, tucked between the music of Franck and Chopin on Dmitry Kouzov and Peter Laul’s French Favorites recording is Maurice Ravel’s Cuban dance piece, Pie`ce en forme de Habanera. Not only did this get us dancing, it also got us in the mood for a new playlist on Spotify!

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Mortality Mansions: Songs of Love and Loss after 60

Albany Times Union‘s Joseph Dalton reviews Herschel Garfein’s new Mortality Mansions recording in his “Classical Notes” column:

“The American poet Donald Hall, dubbed by the New York Times as the ‘laureate of rural life,’ died on June 23 at age 89. That very same week, Delos released ‘Mortality Mansions,’ a unique collection of songs based on Hall’s late poetry.… The handsome performances are by tenor Michael Slattery and pianist Dimitri Dover. [Composer Herschel] adds just enough music to give the poems a new artistic touch without taking away their intimate scale and inherent humanity. The songs don’t overreach for stylistic statement, but hew close to the words that deal with simple observations of time and place. The interpretations by Slatery and Dover are excellent, sometimes possessing a burning intensity but always sensitive to the tender moments. … [Hall’s] spoken words are so many treasures, his images precious and fleeting.”

Joseph Dalton, Albany Times Union

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Marking the 151st anniversary of Spanish composer Enrique Granados‘ birthday with a new playlist on Spotify!

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Mortality Mansions: Songs of Love and Loss after 60

Joshua Kosman has a newly published review for Herschel Garfein’s Mortality Mansions: Songs of Love and Loss After 60 in the San Francisco Chronicle:

“The emotional impact of ‘Mortality Mansions,’ weighty to begin with, grew even more poignant with the death of the 89-year-old poet Donald Hall at the end of June. In this shimmering, expressive song cycle, subtitled “Songs of Love and Loss After 60,” the verses of the former U.S. poet laureate — at once stately and urgent, rueful and earthy — find a beautiful counterpart in the music of composer Herschel Garfein. … Garfein’s settings match the graceful elegance of Hall’s writing, with just the right touch of deference. … This final project stands as a lovely, elegiac seal on Hall’s career.”

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

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