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American Classics - Rorem: Selected Songs / Carole Farley


Release Date: 11/20/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559084   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned RoremCarole Farley
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

R E V I E W S:

"Carole Farley, whose range is as impressive in stylistic as in purely vocal terms, shows herself here to be an ideal interpreter for Rorem, and his playing responds with hand-in-glove precision and sympathy. The voice itself, at once tensile-strong and appealingly vulnerable, seems in splendid condition." - Bernard Jacobson, Fanfare

The CD's first nine tracks, settings of Theodore Roethke, fairly represent the Rorem approach - conservative, elegantly crafted, subtle and flexible in expressive range. Song No. 1, "The Waking," shows his fondness, akin to that of Satie and Poulenc, for setting each syllable to a single note value, but by the second track, 'Root Cellar,' he has
Read more yielded to the occasional temptation to assign two notes to one syllable. 'Orchids' shows a pictorial gift, with music as limp as the plants described. There's Ivesian humor in 'The Serpent,' even a twisty melisma in 'Snake.'
The sequence of what follows, chosen for variety, should have something for everyone, and everything for some. Most of the songs are short, never gilding the lily. Gertrude Stein's 'I am Rose' gets just a few bars. But with a longer piece, such as Elizabeth Bishop's 'Visit to St. Elizabeth's,' the composer performs the feat of stretching out a fast tempo. Rorem finds rare magic in the monotone second verse of Tennyson's 'Ask me no more,' and broad, big-boned music in 'Youth, Day, Old Age, and Night,' first of a closing group of five devoted to Walt Whitman. Especially in the first three of these, Rorem's own poetry rises to meet Whitman's, and the cause of the American art song has been ratcheted up a peg." - John W Freeman, Opera News
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Works on This Recording

1.
Orchids by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
2.
I Strolled Across an Empty Field by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
3.
The Serpent by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USA 
4.
Night crow by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
5.
Little Elegy by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
6.
Nantucket Songs (10): no 3, Nantucket by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978-1979; USA 
7.
Visits to St. Elizabeth's by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
8.
Stopping by woods on a snowy evening by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
9.
Spring by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
10.
See how they love me by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
11.
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
12.
I am Rose by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
13.
Far-Far-Away by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
14.
Early in the morning by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
15.
Alleluia by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
16.
Youth, Day, Old Age and Night by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
17.
O you whom I often and silently come by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
18.
As Adam early in the morning by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
19.
The Waking by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
20.
Root Cellar by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
21.
My Papa's Waltz by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
22.
Memory by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
23.
Snake by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
24.
The Nightingale by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
25.
Lullaby of the Woman of the Mountain by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
26.
Love in a Life by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
27.
What if some little pain by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
28.
Ask me no more by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
29.
Such beauty as hurts to behold by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
30.
Sally's Smile by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
31.
Full of life now by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ned Rorem (Piano), Carole Farley (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
32.
Are you the new person? by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 

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