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Garfein: Mortality Mansions / Slattery, Dover

Release Date: 06/08/2018 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3548  
Composer:  Herschel Garfein
Performer:  Marnie BreckenridgeMichael SlatteryDimitri DoverDonald Hall
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this unique Delos album, two-time Grammy Award-winning composer, librettist, and producer Herschel Garfein introduces Mortality Mansions: a stunning new song cycle setting poems by former U.S. poet laureate Donald Hall. Hall’s plain-spoken, yet profound poetry reveals his candid perspectives on aging, with its inevitable physical decline, fears, personal losses, and emotional trials. Yet he balances these negative aspects with such persisting joys and pleasures as loving companionship and physical intimacy. Garfein’s music effectively envelops Hall’s verses like a glove, illuminating their attendant moods, potent emotions, and stark verbal imagery. The album includes an interlude of Hall’s readings of his poetry, and ends with a Read more memorable epilogue: Garfein’s pensive setting of a moving poem by Jane Kenyon, Hall’s late wife. Tenor Michael Slattery performs the song cycle brilliantly, and soprano Marnie Breckenridge interprets the epilogue to devastating effect. Exceptional piano collaboration comes courtesy of Dimitri Dover. Read less

Works on This Recording

Mortality Mansions by Herschel Garfein
Performer:  Marnie Breckenridge (Soprano), Michael Slattery (Tenor), Dimitri Dover (Piano),
Donald Hall (Voice)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

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 A new and moving song cycle June 15, 2018 By K. Kush (Boston, MA) See All My Reviews "This sumptuous CD presents a song cycle of late-life love poems of Donald Hall. I hear echoes of Hanns Eisler's Hollywood Songbook in the music. The songs beautifully express the poems; the vocals are gorgeous. Hall reads some poems as well. And never has there been such a CD booklet: all poems beautifully presented, fascinating essays, gorgeous photos. A very ssatisfying collaboration." Report Abuse
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