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Dear Theo - 3 Song Cycles By Ben Moore

Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3437   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ben Moore
Performer:  Paul ApplebyBrian ZegerSusanna PhillipsBrett Polegato
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ben Moore is a particularly eloquent exponent of the art song, noted for the broad and eclectic variety of his thematic applications and poetic sources. Here, in his first album for Delos, he offers three diverse and richly expressive song cycles – hitherto unrecorded – that explore the theme of longing for freedom in diverse ways. Tenor Paul Appleby, soprano Susanna Phillips and baritone Brett Polegato deliver lovely singing and sensitive interpretations, supported to perfection by pianist Brian Zeger.

Dear Theo, the title set, is based upon the letters of legendary artist Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo. So Free am I sets poetry by women from across millennia, expressing their longing to be free of the ages-old
Read more societal discrimination they have suffered. Ode to a Nightingale sets John Keats’ famous poem, with a separate song devoted to each stanza.
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Works on This Recording

Dear Theo by Ben Moore
Performer:  Paul Appleby (Tenor), Brian Zeger (Piano)
So Free Am I by Ben Moore
Performer:  Brian Zeger (Piano), Susanna Phillips (Soprano)
Ode to a Nightingale by Ben Moore
Performer:  Brian Zeger (Piano), Brett Polegato (Baritone)

Sound Samples

Dear Theo: No. 1. The Red Vineyard
Dear Theo: No. 2. I Found a Woman
Dear Theo: No. 3. Little One
Dear Theo: No. 4. The Man I Have to Paint
Dear Theo: No. 5. When I'm at Work
Dear Theo: No. 6. Already Broken
Dear Theo: No. 7. Souvenir
So Free Am I: No. 1. Mutta
So Free Am I: No. 2. Interlude
So Free Am I: No. 3. Orinda Upon Little Hector Philips
So Free Am I: No. 4. Nervous Prostration
So Free Am I: No. 5. The Poem as Mask - Orpheus
So Free Am I: No. 6. Mettika
Ode to a Nightingale: No. 1. My heart aches
Ode to a Nightingale: No. 2. O, for a draught
Ode to a Nightingale: No. 3. Fade far away
Ode to a Nightingale: No. 4. Away! Away!
Ode to a Nightingale: No. 5. I cannot see what flowers
Ode to a Nightingale: No. 6. Darkling I listen
Ode to a Nightingale: No. 7. Thou wast not born for death
Ode to a Nightingale: No. 8. Adieu!
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