Katherine Kelton - Amy Beach: Songs

Katherine Kelton - Amy Beach: Songs
Album:
Amy Beach: Songs
Release Date:
2004
Duration:
01:17:15
Styles:
Vocal Music
Genre:

Naxos' American Classics series brings Amy Beach: Songs and thus enters into a territory of vocal repertoire long considered essential to performers of English language art songs, yet never a very crowded field in terms of recordings. Amy Beach: Songs is a generous survey of Beach's songs dating from 1880, when she was 12 years old, to the very last music she wrote before her death at age 77 in 1944.Beach's songs were never designed to knock your socks off, but the received wisdom that they are nothing more than pleasant parlor tunes wholly reliant on German models isn't right either. Beach's songs are sensitive, poetic, and made with a clear purpose in mind -- to project the texts through clearly stated and memorable melodic content. Mezzo soprano Katherine Kelton does an excellent job here in a wide range of material, the only caveat being that at times she's a little hard to understand, but all of the lyrics are included in the booklet so this is of no great concern. Accompanist Catherine Bringeraud paces all of the music very well and is strongly responsive to Kelton's voice while maintaining a mostly gentle and dignified calm. Kelton's liner notes are excellent and make the case for Beach without overstatement.

Listeners familiar with Beach note a trend toward a deepening harmonic color in the works written from about 1920 forward; they will no doubt delight to discover hints of this late direction already present in songs such as "Come, ah Come" from 1902. That's the benefit of the comprehensiveness of the selection presented in Amy Beach: Songs; the subtle twists and turns in Beach's style and development are outlaid in a way that makes sense and is genuinely easy to grasp.

But don't expect to untangle her secrets in one setting -- instant gratification isn't what Beach is about, and repeated listening pays off dividends here. Students of singing will doubtless welcome this release with open arms as Naxos has finally provided a package limited only to Beach's songs that is also, thankfully, a reliable and inexpensive guide to the way a large number of them are supposed to sound.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
The Rainy Day, song for voice & piano (juvenilia)Katherine Kelton1:58
Ariette, for voice & piano, Op. 1/4Katherine Kelton1:56
When Far from Her, song for voice & piano, Op. 2/2Katherine Kelton1:40
Empress of Night, song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3Katherine Kelton2:00
Le Secret, song for voice & piano, Op. 14/2Katherine Kelton2:47
Ecstasy, song for voice & piano with violin obbligato, Op. 19/2Katherine Kelton2:04
Within Thy Heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 29/1Katherine Kelton2:07
Sleep, Little Darling, song for voice & piano, Op. 29/3Katherine Kelton3:42
Nachts (Nights), song for voice & piano, Op. 35/1Katherine Kelton2:21
Forgotten, song for voice & piano, Op. 41/3Katherine Kelton2:06
Dearie, song for voice & piano (Burns Songs No. 1), Op. 43/1Katherine Kelton2:02
Far Awa', song for voice (or 2 sopranos) & piano (Burns Songs No. 4), Op. 43/4Katherine Kelton1:27
The Year's at the Spring, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs No. 1), Op. 44/1Katherine Kelton0:50
Ah, Love, But a Day, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs No. 2), Op. 44/2Katherine Kelton2:58
I Send My Heart Up to Thee, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs No. 3), Op. 44/3Katherine Kelton2:47
Come, Ah Come, song for voice & piano, Op. 48/1Katherine Kelton1:53
Canzonetta, for voice & piano, Op. 48/4Katherine Kelton2:13
Ich sagete nicht (Silent Love), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/1Katherine Kelton2:43
Wir Drei (We Three), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/2Katherine Kelton2:47
Juni (June), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/3Katherine Kelton1:56
Je demande à l'oiseau (For My Love), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/4Katherine Kelton1:55
Go Not Too Far, song for voice & piano, Op. 56/2Katherine Kelton1:19
Shena Van, song for voice & piano (also with violin obbligato), Op. 56/4Katherine Kelton2:24
Baby, song for voice & piano (Mother Songs No. 1), Op. 69/1Katherine Kelton2:12
Hush, Baby Dear, song for voice & piano (Mother Songs No. 2), Op. 69/2Katherine Kelton2:15
A Prelude, song for voice & piano, Op. 71/1Katherine Kelton1:20
O Sweet Content, song for voice & piano, Op. 71/2Katherine Kelton2:45
Ein altes Gebet (An Old Prayer), song for voice & piano, Op. 72/1Katherine Kelton2:10
Der Totenkranz (The Children's Thanks), song for voice & piano, Op. 73/2Katherine Kelton2:19
The Candy Lion, song for voice & piano, Op. 75/1Katherine Kelton1:34
A Thanksgiving Fable, song for voice & piano, Op. 75/2Katherine Kelton1:23
In the Twilight, song for voice & piano, Op. 85Katherine Kelton3:05
The Host, song for voice & piano, Op. 117/2Katherine Kelton1:26
May Flowers, song for voice & piano, Op. 137/2Katherine Kelton1:40
I Sought the Lord, for voice & organ, Op. 142Katherine Kelton2:23
Though I Take the Wings of Morning, for voice & organ or piano, Op. 152Katherine Kelton2:48

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