An American Song Album

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An American Song Album
Melody Moore (soprano), Bradley Moore (piano)

[ Pentatone / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 16 August 2019

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An American Song Album is a fine collection of songs by American composers, presented by soprano Melody Moore. The repertoire includes Samuel Barber's introspective Hermit Songs, Jake Heggie's engaged cycles These Strangers and How Well I Knew the Light, Carlisle Floyd's exploration of motherhood in The Mystery, Copland's impressionist and oriental Four Early Songs, as well as a varied selection from Gordon Getty's vocal works. Set to Irish, Welsh, Chilean, German, Arabic and Afro-American poetry, these pieces constitute a panorama of the US as a melting pot of cultures, while simultaneously being bound together by an unmistakably American sound. Melody Moore manages to lift out the poetry of these works with her warm, lyrical voice and impeccable vocal technique. She is accompanied on the piano by Bradley Moore, one of the most eminent conductors and song accompanists of today's American musical scene.

"Melody Moore's 'An American Song Album' feels personal and custom-made for her ample lirico spinto instrument. And that's always a good place to start. She can thunder darkly, she can float, she can spin - she has the full expressive armoury. But, more importantly, the choices here plainly mean something to her and there's no mistaking the high level of engagement that sets the best of them apart." - Gramophone

"This recording is a calling card for a genuinely exciting and electric voice, solidly gleaming, with the high range of a soprano but fleshed out with dark, mezzo-ish colours and with its voluptuous richness focused into singing of striking directness and clarity." - The Guardian


Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Hermit Songs Op. 29

1) I. At Saint Patrick's Purgatory
2) II. Church Bell at Nigh
3) III. St. Ita's Vision
4) IV. The Heavenly Banquet
5) V. The Crucifixion
6) VI. Sea-Snatch
7) VII. Promiscuity
8) VIII. The Monk and His Cat
9) IX. The Praises of God
10) X. The Desire for Hermitage

Jake Heggie (1961): These Strangers

11) I. These Strangers
12) II. In the Midst of Thousands
13) III. I Did Not Speak Out
14) IV. To a Stranger

Jake Heggie (1961): How Well I Knew The Light

15) I. Ample make this Bed

Carisle Floyd (1926): The Mystery

17) I. He has kissed me
18) II. Gentleness
19) III. To my husband
20) IV. At dawn
21) V. Rocking

Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Four Early Songs

22) I. Night
23) II. A Summer Vacation
24) III. My Heart is in the East
25) IV. Alone

Gordon Getty (1933): Kathy's Aria (from Goodbye Mr. Chips)

26) Chips, darling, it's started

Gordon Getty (1933): Welsh Songs

27) I. Welcome Robin
28) II. Kind Old Man
29) III. All Through the Night

Gordon Getty (1933):

30) Deep River
31) Danny Boy

At Saint Patrick's Purgatory