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Hoiby: A Pocket Of Time / Faulkner, Hoiby, Garland


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559375   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia FaulknerLee HoibyAndrew Garland
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

HOIBY A Pocket of Time. Pierrot. In the Wand of the Wind. Lady of the Harbor. The Lamb. Where the Music Comes From. To an Isle in the Water. Winter Hubris. Jabberwocky. Lied der Liebe. Nuits. I Was There. Autumn. Evening. The Darkling Thrush. Last Letter Home. Goodby, Goodby World. The Nightingale and the Lark • Julia Faulkner (sop); Andrew Garland (bar); Lee Hoiby (pn) • NAXOS 8.559375 (75: 12)

"With the exception of Robert Ward (still active at 92, last I heard), Lee Hoiby (now 83) is probably America’s oldest traditional neo-Romantic still composing. Although he has made valuable contributions to most musical genres, his songs, choral anthems, and operas represent his most distinguished efforts. Hoiby’s musical
Read more language places his best efforts in the stylistic vicinity of such composers as Samuel Barber and Ned Rorem, while his lesser efforts call to mind the music of Gian Carlo Menotti. But this is not to suggest that Hoiby doesn’t have a voice of his own; indeed, he does, although it is perhaps not such a strikingly individual one. Less pretentious than Rorem’s, Hoiby’s music is even more resolutely tonal and diatonic than that of his three confreres, and more consonant harmonically as well, although fluid modulations, chromatic and modal ambiguities, and well-placed dissonances keep things active and interesting.

Hoiby’s songs display a remarkably consistent sense of good taste: though many of his texts deal with intense, vulnerable emotions, rarely, if ever, does he cross the line into kitsch. In addition, his workmanship, sensitivity to language, and wide range of expression are on a par with Barber’s, placing them among the most sensitive and rewarding of American art songs.

Lee Hoiby’s songs are part of the vocal repertoires of most singers who include music of the 20th century on their programs. Listeners with a taste for neo-Romantic lyricism are strongly urged to sample this music if they are not already familiar with it, and Naxos’s budget price keeps the risk at a minimal level."

FANFARE: Walter Simmons
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Works on This Recording

1.
A pocket of time by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Night Songs: no 2, Pierrot by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Songs for Leontyne: no 5, In the wand of the wind by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Three Women: no 2, Lady of the Harbor by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5.
Songs of Innocence: no 2, The Lamb by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
Where the music comes from by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
To an isle in the water by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Andrew Garland (Baritone), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
8.
Winter and Summer: no 1, Winter Hubris by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Andrew Garland (Baritone), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
9.
Jabberwocky by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Andrew Garland (Baritone), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
10.
Lied der Liebe by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
11.
Nuits by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Written: 2004 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
12.
I was there by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Andrew Garland (Baritone), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 14 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13.
Songs for Leontyne: no 3, Autumn by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
14.
Songs for Leontyne: no 2, Evening by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
15.
The Darkling Thrush by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Andrew Garland (Baritone), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
16.
Last Letter Home by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Andrew Garland (Baritone), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Written: 2006 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
17.
Goodbye, Goodbye World by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
18.
A Month in the Country: The Nightingale and the Lark by Lee Hoiby
Performer:  Julia Faulkner (Soprano), Andrew Garland (Baritone), Lee Hoiby (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

A Pocket of Time
Night Songs: No. 2. Pierrot
Songs for Leontyne: No. 5. In the Wand of the Wind
Three Women: No. 2. Lady of the Harbor
2 Songs of Innocence: No. 2. The Lamb
Where the Music Comes From
To An Isle in the Water
Winter and Summer: No. 1. Winter Hubris
Jabberwocky
Lied der Liebe
Nuits
I Was There: No. 1. Beginning My Studies
I Was There: No. 2.
I Was There: No. 3. A Clear Midnight
I Was There: No. 4. O Captain! My Captain!
I Was There: No. 5. Joy, Shipmate, Joy!
Songs for Leontyne: No. 3. Autumn
Songs for Leontyne: No. 2. Evening
The Darkling Thrush
Last Letter Home
Goodby, Goodby World
A Month in the Country, Act I: Duet: I can never remember all the words..., "The Nightingale and the Lark"

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