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The Unquiet Heart - American Song Cycles / Emerson, Shrut

Release Date: 05/08/2007 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 909   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ronald PereraLibby LarsenStephen PaulusBruce Adolphe
Performer:  Karen Smith EmersonArlene Shrut
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All composers of vocal music struggle to find texts suitable for musical setting. The search for words that ignite invention, inspire harmony, dictate rhythm, and suggest texture, all the while submitting to purely musical exigencies of form is a perpetual and integral part of the creative process. Though the songs on this CD focus specifically on manifestations of love - infatuation, passion, anxiety, fidelity, betrayal, delusion, loneliness and reminiscence - their texts come from a wide range of sources. The large theme is nonetheless poignantly epitomized by a phrase from James Joyce, The Unquiet Heart, which tells of the unsettled, unnamable and unutterable sensations we all experience in our lifelong search for love. Karen Smith Read more Emerson's extensive concert career has included performances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Music Viva and the Marlboro Festival. Equally at home in music of the Baroque and early Classical music, she has performed leading roles in operas by Gluck, Handel and Mozart.


"The palate on Karen Smith Emerson’s second solo album is more limited, to just soprano and piano, but nonetheless diverse, especially in its composers’ choice of texts...The soprano lovingly immerses herself in all, bringing forth a cri de coeur when appropriate, and ending with a chuckle." - Leonard Lehrman, New Music Connoisseur
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Works on This Recording

Sleep Now by Ronald Perera
Performer:  Karen Smith Emerson (Soprano), Arlene Shrut (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Try me, Good King "Last Words of the Wives of Henry VII" by Libby Larsen
Performer:  Karen Smith Emerson (Soprano), Arlene Shrut (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Songs of love and longing by Stephen Paulus
Performer:  Karen Smith Emerson (Soprano), Arlene Shrut (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
A Thousand years of Love by Bruce Adolphe
Performer:  Karen Smith Emerson (Soprano), Arlene Shrut (Piano)
Written: 2001; USA 

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