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Amy Beach: Songs / Patrick Mason, Joanne Polk


Release Date: 11/29/2005 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9182   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick MasonJoanne Polk
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Amy Beach (1873-1942) was probably the first woman composer to gain attention for writing successfully in the large forms of the nineteenth century: symphony, concerto, oratorio and chamber music. But it is in her songs and solo piano music that we glimpse a more private and intimate Beach. Beach produced more than 120 songs, only a few of which are known to the general public. This superb CD presents 22 of Beach’s finest songs, a selection which ranges from some of her earliest published efforts through her later brooding masterpieces. American baritone Patrick Mason is accompanied on this recording by leading Beach specialist, pianist Joanne Polk. Together, Mason and Polk’s penetrating interpretations make an excellent case for Read more these songs as major English language song literature. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (3), Op. 2: no 1, Twilight by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
2.
Songs (3), Op. 2: no 3, Empress of Night by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1887; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
3.
Songs (4), Op. 14: no 1, The Summer Wind by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
4.
Songs (4), Op. 14: no 3, Sweetheart, sigh no more by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004)
Composition written: USA (1890).
Composition revised: USA (1901). 
5.
Songs (3), Op. 19: no 3, Golden Gates by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1893; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
6.
Villanelle, Op. 20 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
7.
Songs (4), Op. 26: no 4, Wouldn't that be queer? by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1894; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
8.
Songs (4) Op. 29: no 1, Within thy heart by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Joanne Polk (Piano), Patrick Mason (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
9.
Songs (4), Op. 41: no 1, Anita by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Joanne Polk (Piano), Patrick Mason (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
10.
Browning Songs (3), Op. 44: no 1, The year's at the spring by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Joanne Polk (Piano), Patrick Mason (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1900; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
11.
Browning Songs (3), Op. 44: no 2, Ah, love but a day by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Joanne Polk (Piano), Patrick Mason (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1899; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
12.
Songs (4), Op. 48: no 1, Come, ah come by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
13.
Songs (4), Op. 48: no 2, Good Morning by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
14.
Songs (4), Op. 56: no 2, Go not too far by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Joanne Polk (Piano), Patrick Mason (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004)
Composition written: USA (1903 - 1904). 
15.
Songs (4), Op. 56: no 4, Shena Van by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004)
Composition written: USA (1903 - 1904). 
16.
Mother Songs (2), Op. 69: no 1, Baby by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
17.
Songs (3), Op. 71: no 2, O sweet content by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
18.
Songs (2), Op. 77: no 2, Wind o'the Westland by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Written: 1916; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
19.
In the twilight, Op. 85 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1922; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
20.
Mine be the Lips, Op. 113 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Joanne Polk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
21.
Dark Garden, Op. 131 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Joanne Polk (Piano), Patrick Mason (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1932; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 
22.
I shall be brave, Op. 143 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Joanne Polk (Piano), Patrick Mason (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase (11/30/2004 - 12/02/2004) 

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