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Thomas Pasatieri Songbook / Greenwald, Livengood, Et Al


Release Date: 12/26/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 901   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Pasatieri
Performer:  Victoria LivengoodWarren JonesSheri GreenawaldJordan Shanahan,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"If you're not familiar with the music of Pasatieri, this is a good place to start. ...I've got a few melodies I can't get out of my head." -- American Record Guide

Thomas Pasatieri has proven over the past 30 years, starting while he was still a Juilliard student, to be one of America's most significant opera composers. Among the many works to his credit are The Seagull, available on Albany 579/80, and a collection entitled Divas of a Certain Age on Albany 841. By 1984 he had had many operatic triumphs in this country. "But I was weary of the enormous effort it took to create a new stage work only to have it premiered and then not performed again," he writes.

Around that time he left for the
Read more West Coast, working as an orchestrator for film scores, with many fascinating stories to tell of his experiences. Just the same, Pasatieri has made it clear that his true calling has been as an opera composer. With such an interest in writing for the voice, he has composed lieder and song cycles including the ones on this disc. The cycles span some thirty years, and were both performed and dedicated to important singers for whom he has written his operas, and who recognized his superb gifts.

Three Poems of James Agee "are dark and both poetry and music reflect the fearful prospects the innocent faced in the oppressive Cold War epoch. Yet the works are passionate, somehow romantic. The Oscar Wilde Poems were chosen by Pasatieri for their introspective atmosphere. A Rustling of Angels "displays innocence, optimism and simplicity, and perhaps a suggestion of divine inspiration." Six other solo songs, including the popular comic piece I Just Love My Voice, close out the program, performed by a group of singers with whom the composer has long worked. These are all works in which the composer reveals his soul, his inspirations and his love.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Dream Land by Thomas Pasatieri
Performer:  Victoria Livengood (Mezzo Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Overweight, Overwrought over You by Thomas Pasatieri
Performer:  Victoria Livengood (Mezzo Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Ophelia's Lament by Thomas Pasatieri
Performer:  Sheri Greenawald (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Poems (3) of Oscar Wilde by Thomas Pasatieri
Performer:  Jordan Shanahan (Baritone), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
5.
I Just Love My Voice by Thomas Pasatieri
Performer:  Sheri Greenawald (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
6.
The Last Invocation by Thomas Pasatieri
Performer:  Victoria Livengood (Mezzo Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Orpheus by Thomas Pasatieri
Performer:  Victoria Livengood (Mezzo Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
8.
A Rustling of Angels by Thomas Pasatieri
Performer:  Sheri Greenawald (Soprano), Victoria Livengood (Mezzo Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano),
Karen Slack (Soprano), Jordan Shanahan (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Dream Land
Overweight, Overwrought Over You
Ophelia's Lament
3 Poems of Oscar Wilde: No. 1. Helas
3 Poems of Oscar Wilde: No. 2. The Harlot's House
3 Poems of Oscar Wilde: No. 3. Requiescat
3 Poems: No. 1. How Many Little Children Sleep
3 Poems: No. 2. A Lullaby
3 Poems: No. 3. Sonnet
I Just Love My Voice
The Last Invocation
Orpheus
A Rustling of Angels: No. 1. How Sweet the Answer (Soprano)
A Rustling of Angels: No. 2. I Saw (Mezzo-soprano)
A Rustling of Angels: No. 3. What Would I Give (Soprano)
A Rustling of Angels: No. 4. Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May (Soprano)
A Rustling of Angels: No. 5. At the Moated Granger (Soprano)
A Rustling of Angels: No. 6. Love's Philosophy (Baritone)
A Rustling of Angels: No. 7. Green Grow the Rushes (Baritone)
A Rustling of Angels: No. 8. Art (Mezzo-soprano)
A Rustling of Angels: No. 9. The Revelation (Soprano)
A Rustling of Angels: No. 10. Echo (Baritone)
A Rustling of Angels: No. 11. The Old Stoic (Mezzo-soprano)
A Rustling of Angels: No. 12. Beneath the Cypress Shade (Soprano)

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