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The Art Of Song - Gardner Read / D'anna Fortunato, Et Al


Release Date: 07/27/1999 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 336   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gardner Read
Performer:  John McDonaldD'Anna FortunatoMelia RepkoDanielle Madden,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ariel Woodwind Quintet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gardner Read writes: "As a longtime, committed composer of art songs and of choral music, I have always been drawn to poetry that is rich in vivid imagery - "where sheep lie down to wait for morning's dew," for instance, or "when moonlight falls on the water," or "while envious fireflies spoil the twinkling dew,"and "eager people, banners dreaming, marble gleaming"- all evoke positive musical response to the poem's compelling imagery. On the other hand, poetry that is heavily philosophical in tone, is basically narrative-oriented, or is motivated by social protest, for example, seldom stirs the creative juices for me. Stylistically, my vocal music here recorded ranges from overt romanticism, to various degrees of impressionism, to an almost Read more folklike simplicity, even naiveté. These different vocal styles, however, are not the result of calculated choice but are determined only by the perceived musical potentialities of the poetic text. A clearly defined melodic line and a varied and apt accompanimental support are the twin basic criteria that have always shaped my vocal writing." 034061033721 Albany Records TROY 337 "KRZYWICKI, Jan Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (3), Op. 68 by Gardner Read
Performer:  John McDonald (Piano), D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
2.
Songs for a Rainy Night, Op. 48: Nocturne by Gardner Read
Performer:  D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano), Melia Repko (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940 
3.
Nocturnes (4), Op. 23 by Gardner Read
Performer:  D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano), John McDonald (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1934 
4.
Songs to Children, Op. 76 by Gardner Read
Performer:  Danielle Madden (Violin), Jennifer Elowitch (Violin), Melia Repko (Harp),
Clare Nielsen (Flute), D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano), Susan Black (Viola),
Michael Curry (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1949 
5.
From a Lute of Jade, Op. 36 by Gardner Read
Performer:  John McDonald (Piano), D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936 
6.
A Sheaf of Songs, Op. 84 by Gardner Read
Performer:  Tracy McGinnis (Bassoon), Rebecca Leonard (Clarinet), Nick Hart (Oboe),
Clare Nielsen (Flute), Ellen Donahe (French Horn), D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ariel Woodwind Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950 
7.
Nocturnal Visions, Op. 145 by Gardner Read
Performer:  D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano), John McDonald (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
8.
Songs for a Rainy Night, Op. 48: All day I hear by Gardner Read
Performer:  Melia Repko (Harp), D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940 

Sound Samples

3 Songs, Op. 68: No. 1. Lullaby for a Dark Hour
3 Songs, Op. 68: No. 2. River Night
3 Songs, Op. 68: No. 3. As I Walked Through the Meadows
Songs For A Rainy Night, Op. 48: Nocturne
Songs For A Rainy Night, Op. 48: All Day I Hear
4 Nocturnes, Op. 23b: No. 1. When Moonlight Falls
4 Nocturnes, Op. 23b: No. 2. The Unknown God
4 Nocturnes, Op. 23b: No. 3. A White Blossom
4 Nocturnes, Op. 23b: No. 4. The Moon
Songs To Children, Op. 76: No. 1. Lullaby for a Man-Child
Songs To Children, Op. 76: No. 2. The First Jasmines
Songs To Children, Op. 76: No. 3. Song of Innocence
From A Lute of Jade, Op. 36: No. 1. Tears
From A Lute of Jade, Op. 36: No. 2. The River and the Leaf
From A Lute of Jade, Op. 36: No. 3. Ode
A Sheaf of Songs, Op. 84: No. 1. At Bedtime
A Sheaf of Songs, Op. 84: No. 2. It is Pretty in the City
A Sheaf of Songs, Op. 84: No. 3. The Lamb
A Sheaf of Songs, Op. 84: No. 4. Sister, Awake
Nocturnal Visions, Op. 145: No. 1. Night of all Nights
Nocturnal Visions, Op. 145: No. 2. The First Jasmines
Nocturnal Visions, Op. 145: No. 3. I Hear an Army

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