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American Classics - MacDowell: Complete Songs / Tharp, Et Al


Release Date: 06/01/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559032   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edward MacDowell
Performer:  James BarbagalloSteven Tharp
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first complete collection of Edward MacDowell's songs, this release documents the career of one of America's most distinguished composers. As performed by tenor Steven Tharp and pianist James Barbagallo, these songs are testament to MacDowell's uncanny ability to create unforced, beautiful melodies.
Trained from an early age as a pianist, MacDowell studied at Stuttgart and Frankfurt. His fame grew throughout Europe after he gained the admiration of an aging Liszt, who lauded his piano technique. The next year, MacDowell composed the first of the 42 songs included in this collection.
Equally capable in arranging for both English and German texts, he was very comfortable choosing poems for music. Although most of his compositions
Read more were written for words penned by another author, his Op. 56 songs include texts written by MacDowell himself.
The maturation of MacDowell's compositions is evident over time. The beauty and simplicity of his last works is a natural progression from the earlier pieces. This retrospective subtly presents the development of MacDowell's underlying artistic themes without the lesson distracting from the beauty of the music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (2), Op. 34 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  James Barbagallo (Piano), Steven Tharp (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Lieder (3), Op. 33 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Steven Tharp (Tenor), James Barbagallo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Songs (3), Op. 60 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  James Barbagallo (Piano), Steven Tharp (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Love Songs (6), Op. 40 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  James Barbagallo (Piano), Steven Tharp (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Lieder (3), Op. 11 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  James Barbagallo (Piano), Steven Tharp (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Darmstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Lieder (2), Op. 12 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  James Barbagallo (Piano), Steven Tharp (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; Frankfurt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
From an Old Garden, Op. 26 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Steven Tharp (Tenor), James Barbagallo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Frankfurt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Songs (8), Op. 47 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  James Barbagallo (Piano), Steven Tharp (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 12 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Old Songs (2), Op. 9 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Steven Tharp (Tenor), James Barbagallo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Songs (4), Op. 56 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  James Barbagallo (Piano), Steven Tharp (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Songs (3), Op. 58 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  James Barbagallo (Piano), Steven Tharp (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

2 Songs, Op. 34: Menie
2 Songs, Op. 34: My Jean
3 Lieder, Op. 33: Bitte (A Request)
3 Lieder, Op. 33: Geistliches Wiegenlied (Cradle Hymn)
3 Lieder, Op. 33: Idylle (Idyll)
3 Songs, Op. 60: Tyrant Love
3 Songs, Op. 60: Fair Springtide
3 Songs, Op. 60: To the Golden Rod
6 Love Songs, Op. 40: Sweet Blue-eyed Maid
6 Love Songs, Op. 40: Sweetheart, Tell Me
6 Love Songs, Op. 40: Thy Beaming Eyes
6 Love Songs, Op. 40: For Sweet Love's Sake
6 Love Songs, Op. 40: O, Lovely Rose
6 Love Songs, Op. 40: I Ask But This
3 Lieder, Op. 11: Mein Liebchen (My Love and I Sat Close Together)
3 Lieder, Op. 11: Du liebst mich nicht (You Love Me Not)
3 Lieder, Op. 11: Oben, wo die Sterne glühen (The Skies, where the Stars are Glowing)
2 Lieder, Op. 12: Nachtlied (Night Song)
2 Lieder, Op. 12: Das Rosenband (The Band of Roses)
From an Old Garden, Op. 26: The Pansy
From an Old Garden, Op. 26: The Myrtle
From an Old Garden, Op. 26: The Clover
From an Old Garden, Op. 26: The Yellow Daisy
From an Old Garden, Op. 26: The Bluebell
From an Old Garden, Op. 26: The Mignonette
8 Songs, Op. 47: The Robin Sings in the Apple Tree
8 Songs, Op. 47: Midsummer Lullaby
8 Songs, Op. 47: Folksong
8 Songs, Op. 47: Confidence
8 Songs, Op. 47: The West Wind Croons in the Cedar Trees
8 Songs, Op. 47: In the Woods
8 Songs, Op. 47: The Sea
8 Songs, Op. 47: Through the Meadow
2 Old Songs, Op. 9: Deserted
2 Old Songs, Op. 9: Slumber Song
4 Songs, Op. 56: Long Ago, Sweetheart Mine
4 Songs, Op. 56: The Swan Bent Low to the Lily
4 Songs, Op. 56: A Maid Sings Light
4 Songs, Op. 56: As the Gloaming Shadows Creep
3 Songs, Op. 58: Constancy
3 Songs, Op. 58: Sunrise
3 Songs, Op. 58: Merry Maiden Spring

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