Notes and Editorial Reviews
4 Mélodies de Ronsard
4 Songs of the Heart
De Amor Oscuro.
3 Songs from
4 Sonnets by Pablo Neruda
Songs of Need & Desire
Tod Fitzpatrick (bar);
Judith Cloud (mez);
Ricardo Pereira (ten);
Deborah Raymond (sop);
Eileen Strempel (sop);
Rita Borden, (pn);
Jeremy Reynolds (cl);
Kenneth Meyer (gtr)
SUMMIT DCD 562 (65:12
Text and Translation)
"The composer-singer is a much rarer bird than the composer-pianist. When I saw this recital of songs by Judith Cloud, and the fact that she also sings a number of them, I was immediately reminded of Samuel Barber, whose own sung recording of his
reveals a pleasant, if not particularly distinguished, baritone voice. I can say the same of Cloud, whose voice is capable, but not of world-class stature. Her main failing as a singer resides in her lack of consistent tonal focus, and the slightly aged sound of the voice. Nevertheless, one appreciates the fact that she
the voice in her song writing, and also knows
to do with the songs she has written.
The songs themselves are quite lovely, being tonally conceived, and using extended chords, modal harmonies, and deft movement between one tonal region and another. The vocal lines are idiomatic to the voice, and I imagine are rewarding to sing. Texts are set intelligently, and there is good variety in texture and mood from one song to the next. There is also a lot of interest in the accompanying (largely piano) parts. The quality of these songs rises far above the level of the dilettante.
Singers looking for new repertoire might especially want to investigate these well-crafted songs by a composer who deserves to be better known."
FANFARE: David DeBoor Canfield
Works on This Recording
Quand je te vois, seule...
Je suis homme, né pour mourir
Me Diste una Canasta de Manzanas
Desde Que Te Conoscí en el Camino
The Small Girl, Long Since Old
Not to Be Taken Internally
If Your Eyes Were Not the Color of the Moon
Your Hand Flew from My Eyes Into the Day
Maybe-Though I Do Not Bleed-I Am Wounded
And Now You're Mine. Rest With Your Dream in My Dream
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