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Fast Cats And Mysterious Cows - Songs From America


Release Date: 10/20/2009 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 86363   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandSamuel BarberJames D'AngeloNed Rorem,   ... 
Performer:  Matthew SchwinghammerSusan ManoffPatricia PetibonRebecca Prosser,   ... 
Conductor:  James Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The program on this CD has been very wisely put together. It takes the shape of a concert rather than a recording, achieving in the process a highly desirable variety of sound, mood, and style. Selections by the wonderful American Boychoir are interspersed with solo songs, both in cycle and individually, and two short instrumental pieces. The music is of consistently high quality. The Copland songs—three of them are sung here in an arrangement for choir—are well known and, of course, delightful. The two Samuel Barber sets are splendid examples of the composer's sensitivity to texts, and are sung very nicely by the two soloists. In What is pink?, a cycle of six songs commissioned by the American Boychoir in 1987, Ned Rorem writes for treble Read more voices with a mastery akin to that of Benjamin Britten. His settings of "A Pavane for the Nursery" and "The House on the Hill" are particularly lovely. Malcolm Bruno uses the boys and two soloists extremely effectively in his beautiful arrangements of three Canadian Christmas songs. Like his haunting "Ondine," this is a memorable work, which makes one eager to hear more by this imaginative composer. The rest of the disc is devoted to a charming song for the choir by Libby Larsen, two short pieces for recorder and piano by James D'Angelo, Bernstein's humorous settings of four recipes, and a work based on Walt Whitman for soloists, choir, and piano by Norman Dello Joio, which brings the program to an effectively festive conclusion.

The performances are generally excellent. The American Boychoir has a bright and appealing sound, with particularly fine diction, certainly a tribute to director James Litton. Both soloists are very good in the Barber songs, and mezzo Catherine King is especially well suited to Bruno's "Ondine." With excellent recorded sound, this collection is a thoroughly satisfying and entertaining way to spend an hour.

-- Richard Burke, FANFARE [reviewing the original release of this album]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Old American Songs, Set 1: I bought me a cat by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Old American Songs, Set 2: At the River by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Old American Songs, Set 1: Simple Gifts by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Mélodies passagères, Op. 27: no 1, Puisque tout passe by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Susan Manoff (Piano), Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Mélodies passagères, Op. 27: no 2, Un cygne by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Susan Manoff (Piano), Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Mélodies passagères, Op. 27: no 3, Tombeau dans un parc by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Susan Manoff (Piano), Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Mélodies passagères, Op. 27: no 4, Le clocher chante by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Susan Manoff (Piano), Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Mélodies passagères, Op. 27: no 5, Départ by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Susan Manoff (Piano), Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
Krishna Portraits (3): The Loves of Krishna by James D'Angelo
Performer:  Rebecca Prosser (Recorder), James D'Angelo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
10.
What is Pink? - Songs (6): no 1, What is pink? by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
What is Pink? - Songs (6): no 2, The mysterious cat by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
What is Pink? - Songs (6): no 3, Who has seen the wind? by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
What is Pink? - Songs (6): no 4, A pavane for the nursery by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
What is Pink? - Songs (6): no 5, Counting-out rhyme by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
What is Pink? - Songs (6): no 6, The house on the hill by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Songs (4), Op. 13: no 1, A Nun Takes the Veil by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Goeman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Songs (4), Op. 13: no 2, The Secrets of the Old by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Goeman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Songs (4), Op. 13: no 3, Sure on this Shining Night by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Goeman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Four Songs, Op. 13: 1. Nocturne by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Goeman (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1937-1940 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
Ondine by Malcolm Bruno
Performer:  Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano), Benjamin Bayl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
21.
Noëls Québécois (3): D'où viens-tu bergère? by Malcolm Bruno
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano), Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  James Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: French 
22.
Noëls Québécois (3): L'ange Gabriel by Malcolm Bruno
Performer:  Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano), Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: French 
23.
Noëls Québécois (3): Les bergers de Bethleém by Malcolm Bruno
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano), Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  James Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: French 
24.
Reasons for Loving the Harmonica by Libby Larsen
Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
Conductor:  James Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1998; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
La bonne cuisine: Plum Pudding by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: French 
26.
La bonne cuisine: Queues de boeuf by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
27.
La bonne cuisine: Tavouk gueunksis by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: French 
28.
La bonne cuisine: Civet à toute vitesse by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: French 
29.
A Jubilant Song by Norman Dello Joio
Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano), Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
30.
Krishna Portraits (3): The Dance of Krishna by James D'Angelo
Performer:  James D'Angelo (Piano), Rebecca Prosser (Recorder)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Cambridge, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Old American Songs_Set 1: I bought me a cat
Old American Songs_Set 2: At the river (Lowry, 1865)
Old American Songs_Set 1: 'Tis the gift to be simple (Shaker, 1840)
Mélodies passagères Op. 27 (Rainer Maria Rilke): Puisque tout passe
Mélodies passagères Op. 27 (Rainer Maria Rilke): Un cygne
Mélodies passagères Op. 27 (Rainer Maria Rilke): Tombeau dans un parc
Mélodies passagères Op. 27 (Rainer Maria Rilke): Le clocher chante
Mélodies passagères Op. 27 (Rainer Maria Rilke): Départ
The Loves of Krishna
What is pink?: What is pink?
What is pink?: The mysterious cat
What is pink?: Who has seen the wind?
What is pink?: A pavane for the nursery
What is pink?: Counting-out rhyme
What is pink?: The house on the hill
Four Songs Op. 13: I. A nun takes the weil
Four Songs Op. 13: II. The secrets of the old
Four Songs Op. 13: III. Sure on this shining night
Four Songs Op. 13: IV. Nocturne
Ondine
Trois No`ls Québécois: D'où viens-tu, bergère?
Trois No`ls Québécois: Gabriel
Trois No`ls Québécois: Les Bergers de Bethléem
The Dance of Krishna
Reason for the Loving the Harmonica
La bonne cuisine (Emile Dumont): Plum Pudding
La bonne cuisine (Emile Dumont): Queues de boeuf
La bonne cuisine (Emile Dumont): Tavouk Gueunksis
La bonne cuisine (Emile Dumont): Civet à toute vitesse
A Jubilant Song (adapted from Walt Whitman 'A Song of Joys')

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Joyous Dello Joio November 7, 2012 By Poni S. See All My Reviews "This is good quality romp through (mostly) children's and silly-fun folk tunes. It has the only really good recording of Norman Dello Joio's "Jubilant Song" that I have found so far. Adult choruses get the technical bits, but not the life and joy that make it fun. This youth choir genuinely Gets It! Their enthusiasm give the piece the life needed to make it great." Report Abuse
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