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An American Collage / D'anna Fortunato, Rooke Chapel Choir


Release Date: 02/16/1995 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 98   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandJohn Woods DukeJackson HillRichard Hundley,   ... 
Performer:  D'Anna FortunatoGenevieve LeeDavid CoverElisabeth Etters
Conductor:  William Payn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rooke Chapel Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection of music for solo voice and chorus includes compositions by American composers Aaron Copland, John Duke, Jackson Hill, Richard Hundley, William Duckworth, Rudolph Palmer and Lee Hoiby. Several of the works were written expressly for D'Anna Fortunato (the mezzo-soprano soloist) and the Rooke Chapel Choir. Since her debut in 1971 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Fortunato has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the orchestras of Cleveland and Louisville, and the Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, and Minnesota symphonies. Ms. Fortunato has been featured in leading operatic roles with the New York City, Glimmerglass, Kentucky and Connecticut operas, as well as the Opera Company of Boston, Read more Monadnock Festival, and Rochester Opera Theater. Andrew Porter of The New Yorker called her a "Handelian of crisp accomplishment," and Leighton Kerner of The Village Voice proclaimed her a "mezzo-soprano of profound musicality and technical aplomb." She has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, Nonesuch, MusicMasters and Vox labels. Her album of songs by Amy Beach was voted "Best Record of the Year" by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and New York Magazine. The Rooke Chapel Choir of Bucknell University, under the direction of William Payn, has gained international recognition for its creative interpretations of some of the most significant twentieth-century American sacred repertory.

REVIEW:

"The art songs and choral works contained in this "collage" aren't marquee attractions by any means, but many of them deserve to be. And these performances by a world-class mezzo and the choir from her Alma Mater are good enough to make one wonder why everyone isn't lining up to sing (and buy anthologies of) songs like these that are so tonal, so lyrical, and sit so beautifully in the voice." (American Record Guide)
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Works on This Recording

1.
In the Beginning by Aaron Copland
Performer:  D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  William Payn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rooke Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Length: 14 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Survivor by John Woods Duke
Performer:  D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano), Genevieve Lee (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
In the Fields by John Woods Duke
Performer:  D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano), Genevieve Lee (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Acquainted with the Night by John Woods Duke
Performer:  D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano), Genevieve Lee (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
To the Thawing Wind by John Woods Duke
Performer:  Genevieve Lee (Piano), D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Medieval Lyrics: no 3, Love is Life by Jackson Hill
Conductor:  William Payn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rooke Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Jackson Hill (1987) 
7.
A Sweet and Triune Harmony by Jackson Hill
Performer:  D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano), David Cover (Organ)
Conductor:  William Payn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rooke Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Isaac Greentree by Richard Hundley
Performer:  D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano), Genevieve Lee (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
The Astronomers by Richard Hundley
Performer:  D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano), Genevieve Lee (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Waterbird by Richard Hundley
Performer:  Genevieve Lee (Piano), D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
O magnum mysterium by Rudolph Palmer
Performer:  Elisabeth Etters (Harp), D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  William Payn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rooke Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
I was there: no 1, Beginning my studies by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Genevieve Lee (Piano), D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Two songs of innocence: no 2, The Shepherd by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Genevieve Lee (Piano), D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Let this mind be in you by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  David Cover (Organ)
Conductor:  William Payn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rooke Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Southern Harmony: War Department by William Duckworth
Conductor:  William Payn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rooke Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
16.
Southern Harmony: Mear by William Duckworth
Conductor:  William Payn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rooke Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
17.
Southern Harmony: Leander by William Duckworth
Conductor:  William Payn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rooke Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
18.
Southern Harmony: The Turtle Dove by William Duckworth
Conductor:  William Payn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rooke Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
19.
Songs (3) "Three Women": no 2, Lady of the Harbor by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Genevieve Lee (Piano), D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 

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