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Color The Word / Georgine Resick, Warren Jones


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9268   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hugo WolfModest MussorgskyHenry PurcellAndré Caplet,   ... 
Performer:  Georgine ResickWarren Jones
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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COLOR THE WORD Georgine Resick (sop); Warren Jones (pn) BRIDGE 9268 (70:13 Text and Translation)


WOLF Nachtzauber. Nimmersatte Liebe. Zur Ruh’, zur Ruh’. Auf einer Wanderung. Das verlassene Mägdelein. Mein Liebster ist so klein. CAPLET 3 Fables de Jean de la Fontaine. MOUSSORGSKY Sunless. The Nursery. Ozomik. Songs and Dances of Read more Death: Kolibel’naya. Kozyol. Gopak. DEBUSSY Chansons de Bilitis. PURCELL From Rosy Bow’rs. Kind Fortune Smiles. How I Sigh When I Think of the Charms. Nymphs and Shepherds


This is a very fine collection of songs, built around the theme of “masterpieces of text setting.” Bridge makes no claim that these are “the greatest” settings of text in song form, and they admit openly to omitting some composers whose work would never be omitted in an inclusive collection of great text setting (Schubert, Schumann, and Monteverdi for instance, pointed out in their own excellent accompanying booklet). The point is that this is not about a competition to choose “the best” of anything, but rather that this is one collection of songs distinguished by both the quality of their texts and the insightful ways in which these various composers combined those words with music.


None of this would matter were it not for the superb performances of both Georgine Resick and Warren Jones. Jones has long been recognized as one of the most insightful pianists working in this repertoire, and his coloristic imagination is an invaluable asset to this disc. Much the same can be said of Georgine Resick. Hers is not one of those voices that grabs you with its unique timbre the minute you hear it. She has a very good soprano voice, but it is the intelligence with which she uses it rather than the instrument itself that distinguishes her singing. She is capable of varying the color of her sound over a huge range; at times you think she is really a mezzo because of her ability to darken the sound. Then, a few phrases later, you think she’s a light lyric soprano, as she floats an ethereal high note. In the end, you stop trying to categorize the voice and simply become absorbed by the artistry.


Resick manages to inhabit the very different worlds of the five composers represented on this disc, and she sounds naturally suited to each one. Her complete understanding of all of this music is demonstrated in the accompanying notes, which she wrote (though you have to work hard to learn that fact—her credit is on the last page of the booklet, nowhere near the notes themselves).


The song literature is about complete communication—a kind of pitched conversation on the part of the singer. This disc is the perfect demonstration of that fact. The utter world-weariness of Wolf’s Zur Ruh’, zur Ruh’ is thoroughly brought home by the singer’s control of dynamic shading as well as vocal color. That is immediately followed by one of Wolf’s rare up-beat songs, Auf einer Wanderung , and the contrast is apparent from Jones’s opening notes on the piano. (But the darkness that underlies even this song is never far from the surface either). Throughout, Resick impresses by her ability to find just the right vocal color for the music and the language she is singing. She completely inhabits each of these songs (yet one more example: the bleakness of Moussorgsky’s Sunless ).


Those who are interested mainly in the voice might find the recorded sound too favorably balanced toward the piano. But the truth is that these are songs where the piano part is truly in partnership with the voice, and I find the balance just about perfect, because the piano is not reduced to the background. All in all, a stunning disc.


FANFARE: Henry Fogel
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Works on This Recording

1.
Eichendorff Lieder: no 8, Nachtzauber by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Mörike Lieder: no 9, Nimmersatte Liebe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3.
Gedichte (6): no 6, Zur Ruh', zur Ruh' by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Mörike Lieder: no 15, Auf einer Wanderung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Mörike Lieder: no 7, Das verlassene Mägdlein by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
6.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 15, Mein Liebster ist so klein by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
7.
Sunless: no 1, Between four walls by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8.
The nursery: no 6, On the hobbyhorse by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1872; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9.
The ragamuffin by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
10.
Sorochintsy fair: Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1880). 
11.
The he-goat by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
12.
Don Quixote, Z 578: From rosie bow'rs by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Warren Jones (Piano), Georgine Resick (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694-1695; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
13.
Tempest, Z 631 "Enchanted Island": Halcyon days by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Warren Jones (Piano), Georgine Resick (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1695; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
14.
How I sigh when I think of the charms, Z 374 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1681; England 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
15.
Fables de Jean de la Fontaine (3): no 1, Le Corbeau et le Renard by André Caplet
Performer:  Warren Jones (Piano), Georgine Resick (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
16.
Fables de Jean de la Fontaine (3): no 2, La Cigale et la Fourmi by André Caplet
Performer:  Warren Jones (Piano), Georgine Resick (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
17.
Fables de Jean de la Fontaine (3): no 3, Le Loup et l"Agneau by André Caplet
Performer:  Warren Jones (Piano), Georgine Resick (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
18.
Songs and dances of death: no 1, Lullaby by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Warren Jones (Piano), Georgine Resick (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
19.
Chansons (3) de Bilitis: no 1, La flûte de Pan by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Warren Jones (Piano), Georgine Resick (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1898; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
20.
Chansons (3) de Bilitis: no 2, La chevelure by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Georgine Resick (Soprano), Warren Jones (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1898; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
21.
Chansons (3) de Bilitis: no 3, Le tombeau des naïdes by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Warren Jones (Piano), Georgine Resick (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1898; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
22.
Libertine, Z 600: Nymphs and shepherds, come away by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Warren Jones (Piano), Georgine Resick (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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