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American Classics - Beach: Songs / Kelton, Bringerud


Release Date: 10/19/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559191   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Catherine BringerudKatherine Kelton
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Amy Beach's songs are pleasant enough, and certainly well-crafted, with smartly chosen texts--Burns, Longfellow, Browning, Shelley, and some lesser-known poets, including Beach herself. But most of their appeal lies with the composer's deftness in borrowing from and incorporating the styles of major artists such as Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Richard Strauss, and Debussy into her writing. She even takes directly from Beethoven in her quite lovely song "The Rainy Day". In other words, there's nothing really original here, but melodically and in terms of overall accessibility and singability, Beach understood the genre and knew how to create music that nearly everyone--singers as well as listeners--could enjoy. There are lullabies, Read more German lied, and French chansons, as well as a nod or two to English and American parlor-song. And we're fortunate to have as our interpreter a singer who is one of the world's experts in this repertoire: mezzo-soprano Katherine Kelton did her doctoral dissertation on Beach's songs. She exhibits a voice of rich color and easy, inviting expressiveness, and her technique effortlessly conveys the varied moods and cleverly imitative styles so that we can just sit back and appreciate each one of these charming if not particularly profound works. Beach's piano accompaniments are carefully thought-out and add essential, characterful aspects of tone, color, and texture that are often very technically challenging. Catherine Bringerud is completely at home with this music and at one with Kelton's vocal interpretations. The sound is complementary to vocal and instrumental timbres and presents the performances in realistic perspective. Fans of American song--and especially of Amy Beach (who did much of her writing just down the road from where I'm writing this review, at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH)--shouldn't miss this interpretively considerate, solidly performed recital.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Songs (4), Op. 1: no 4, Ariette by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Catherine Bringerud (Piano), Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1886; USA 
2. Songs (3), Op. 2: no 3, Empress of Night by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano), Catherine Bringerud (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1887; USA 
3. Songs (3), Op. 19: no 2, Ecstasy by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Catherine Bringerud (Piano), Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1893; USA 
4. Songs (3), Op. 41: no 3, Forgotten by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Catherine Bringerud (Piano), Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1898; USA 
5. Burns Songs (5), Op. 43: no 1, Dearie by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Catherine Bringerud (Piano), Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1899; USA 
6. Burns Songs (5), Op. 43: no 4, Far awa'! by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano), Catherine Bringerud (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1899; USA 
7. Browning Songs (3), Op. 44: no 1, The year's at the spring by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano), Catherine Bringerud (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1900; USA 
8. Browning Songs (3), Op. 44: no 2, Ah, love but a day by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano), Catherine Bringerud (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1899; USA 
9. Songs (4), Op. 51: no 2, Wir drei by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano), Catherine Bringerud (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1903; USA 
10. In the twilight, Op. 85 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Catherine Bringerud (Piano), Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1922; USA 
11. I sought the Lord, Op. 142 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano), Catherine Bringerud (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1937; USA 
12. Though I Take the Wings of Morning, Op. 152 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano), Catherine Bringerud (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1941; USA 
13. Songs (3), Op. 2: no 2, When far from her by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano), Catherine Bringerud (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1889; USA 
14. Songs (4), Op. 14: no 2, Le secret by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Katherine Kelton (Mezzo Soprano), Catherine Bringerud (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Notes: Composition written: USA (1890).
Composition revised: By 1901. 

Sound Samples

The Rainy Day
Ariette, Op. 1, No. 4
When Far from Her, Op. 2, No. 2
Empress of Night, Op. 2, No. 3
Le Secret, Op. 14, No. 2
Ecstasy, Op. 19, No. 2
4 Songs, Op. 29: Within Thy Heart, Op. 29, No. 1
Sleep, Little Darling, Op. 29, No. 3
4 Songs, Op. 35: Nacht, Op. 35, No. 1
3 Songs, Op. 41: Forgotten, Op. 41, No. 3
5 Burns Songs, Op. 43: Dearie, Op. 43, No. 1
5 Burns Songs, Op. 43: Far Awa', Op. 43, No. 4
3 Browning Songs, Op. 44: The Year's at the Spring, Op. 44, No. 1
3 Browning Songs, Op. 44: Ah, Love, But a Day!, Op. 44, No. 2
3 Browning Songs, Op. 44: I Send My Heart Up to Thee!, Op. 44, No. 3
Come, ah Come, Op. 48, No. 1
Canzonetta, Op. 48, No. 4
Ich sagte nicht, Op. 51, No. 1
4 Songs, Op. 51: Wir drei, Op. 51, No. 2
Juni, Op. 51, No. 3
Je demande a l'oiseau, Op. 51, No. 4
Go Not Too Far, Op. 56, No. 2
Shena Van, Op. 56, No. 4
2 Mother Songs, Op. 69: Baby, Op. 69, No. 1
Hush, Baby Dear, Op. 69, No. 2
A Prelude, Op. 71, No. 1
3 Songs, Op. 71: O Sweet Content, Op. 71, No. 2
Ein altes Gebet, Op. 72, No. 1
Der Totenkranz, Op. 73, No. 2
The Candy Lion, Op. 75, No. 1
A Thanksgiving Fable, Op. 75, No. 2
3 Choral Responses, Op. 8: In the Twilight, Op. 85
The Host, Op. 117, No. 2
May Flowers, Op. 137
I sought the Lord , Op. 142: I Sought the Lord, Op. 142
Though I Take the Wings of Morning, Op. 152

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