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An American Sampler - From Billings To Bolcom / Paul Sperry


Release Date: 04/07/1995 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 81   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louise TalmaWilliam SchumanHugo WeisgallMorten Lauridsen,   ... 
Performer:  Irma VallecilloPaul Sperry
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From Billings to Bolcom - the subtitle of this recording dedicated to the American art song is a compilation of the best American has to offer from our musical beginnings to today. "Some of our best American composers have not been prolific songwriters," says Paul Sperry. "I think William Schuman's Orpheus with His Lute has everything a song needs: it is simple, moving and beautiful. But it is a single song, written for a proposed production of Henry VIII and has no companion pieces. Elliott Carter's three settings of Robert Frost constitute almost half of the solo songs he wrote, and Elie Siegmeister's arrangement of William Billings is the only solo Billings song I have seen. That is why I have compiled this American Sampler - to be able Read more to record songs I love without having to worry about assembling a group by each composer. I have simply picked 31 of my favorite songs and put them together the way I would in a recital: organized to show each one to greatest advantage. I have deliberately not grouped the songs by composer, period or style, except for John Musto's little cycle, Shadow of the Blue: I kept it together because it is so powerful as an entity." Paul Sperry is recognized as one of today's outstanding interpreters of American music. Although he is equally at home in a repertoire that extends from Monteverdi opera and the Bach Passions to Britten's War Requiem and hundreds of songs in more than a dozen languages, he brings to American music a conviction and an enthusiasm that has brought it to life for countless listeners. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pied Beauty by Louise Talma
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2.
Orpheus and his Lute by William Schuman
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Language: English 
3.
My Sweet Old Etcetera by Hugo Weisgall
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
4.
When frost moves fast by Morten Lauridsen
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
5.
Walt Whitman Songs (4): Dirge for two veterans by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1947; USA 
6.
Love in the dictionary by Celius Dougherty
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
7.
Mourn! Mourn! by Ben Weber
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
8.
Cabaret Songs (12), Vol 1 and 2: no 12, George by William Bolcom
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1985; USA 
9.
Bells in the Rain by John Woods Duke
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
10.
Horror Movie by William Flanagan
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
11.
Three Poems of Robert Frost: The Rose Family by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
12.
And what of love by Morten Lauridsen
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
13.
Who wrote this fiendish Rite of Spring? by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
14.
Cabaret Songs (12), Vol 1 and 2: no 4, Waitin' by William Bolcom
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1985; USA 
15.
Shadow of the Blues by John Musto
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
16.
Mountain Songs: Quicksilver by Robert Beaser
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
17.
For Poulenc by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
18.
Leap before you look by Louise Talma
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
19.
Despite and Still, Op. 41: no 4, Solitary Hotel by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
20.
Poems (3), Op. 11: The Lament of Ian the Proud by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
21.
Rain Song by Louise Talma
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
22.
The bird and the beast by Celius Dougherty
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
23.
Spring by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
24.
David's Lamentation by William Billings
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1778; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Elie Siegmeister 
25.
Three Poems of Robert Frost: Dust of Snow by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
26.
Why, no-one to love by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Warren Swenson 
27.
The Lepidoptera Waltz by Warren Swenson
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
28.
I Don't Wanna Rock and Roll by Maury Yeston
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

Sound Samples

Pied beauty, spring and fall
Orpheus and his Lute
My Sweet Old Etcetera
When Frost Moves Fast
Dirge for Two Veterans
Love in the dictionary
Mourn, Mourn
Cabaret Songs: George
Bells in the Rain
Horror Movie
3 Poems of Robert Frost: No. 2. The Rose Family
And What of Love
3 Anti-Modernist Songs: No. 3. Who wrote this fiendish Rite of Spring?
Cabaret Songs: No. 4. Waitin
Shadow of the Blues: No. 1. Silhouette
Shadow of the Blues: No. 2. Litany
Shadow of the Blues: No. 3. Island
Shadow of the Blues: No. 4. Could Be
Quicksilver
For Poulenc
Leap before you look
Despite and Still, Op. 41: No. 4. Solitary Hotel
3 Poems of Fiona MacLeod, Op. 11: No. 1. The lament of Ian the Proud
Rain Song
The Bird and the Beast
Spring
David's Lamentation (arr. for tenor and piano)
3 Poems of Robert Frost: No. 1. Dust of Snow
No One to Love (arr. for tenor and piano)
The Lepidoptera Waltz
I Don't Wanna Rock and Roll

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