Jake Heggie/Gene Scheer - Here/After: Songs of Lost Voices | Pentatone PTC5186515

Jake Heggie/Gene Scheer - Here/After: Songs of Lost Voices

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186515

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 4th November 2013

Contents

Artists

Talise Trevigne (soprano)
Nathan Gunn (baritone)
Stephen Costello (tenor)
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)
Ekaterina Gorlova (soprano)
Ashley Traughber (soprano)
Carol Wincenc (flute)
Alexander String Quartet

Works

Heggie, Jake

A Question of Light
Camille Claudel: Into the Fire
Friendly Persuasions: Songs in Homage to Poulenc
Fury of Light, for flute and piano
Pieces of 9/11: Memories from Houston
Rise and Fall
Soliloquy

Artists

Talise Trevigne (soprano)
Nathan Gunn (baritone)
Stephen Costello (tenor)
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)
Ekaterina Gorlova (soprano)
Ashley Traughber (soprano)
Carol Wincenc (flute)
Alexander String Quartet

About

All of the pieces try to give voice to people no longer on the planet - artists like Camille Claudel, Francis Poulenc, Wanda Landowska, Pierre Bernac, Paul Eluard - and also to people lost in the 9/11 attacks and to artworks by painters and sculptors no longer alive.

So 'Here/after' gives a nice double play on the idea of the spiritual hereafter - that these voices are here even after the sources are gone, that we can 'hear' them after they are gone.

Contents:
CD 1:
- CAMILLE CLAUDEL: Into the Fire (Seven dramatic episodes based on the life and work of the great French sculptor)
- PIECES OF 9/11: Memories from Houston (The words and memories of Firefighters, Emergency Workers, Teachers, Parents, Friends and other survivors of the 9/11 attacks transformed into heartbreaking and uplifting songs of remembrance)
- SOLIOQUY (A haunting, beautiful melody for flute and piano)

CD 2:
- FRIENDLY PERSUASIONS: Homage to Poulenc (Songs based on Poulencís transformative friendships)
- RISE & FALL (Songs that trace four different stages in a womanís life and afterlife inspired by artwork in the Sackler Collections at New Yorkís Metropolitan Museum of Art)
- A QUESTION OF LIGHT
- FURY OF LIGHT (A brilliant, lyrical work for flute and piano based on Mary Oliverís poem 'Sunrise')

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