Return to Old Ireland: Music of Mary McAuliffe | Delos DE1046

Return to Old Ireland: Music of Mary McAuliffe

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Label: Delos

Cat No: DE1046

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 28th August 2015

Contents

Artists

Donald George (tenor)
Lucy Mauro (piano)
Lee Blair (narrator)
Cynthia Babin Anderson (oboe)
Mikylah Myers McTeer (violin)
Timothy Tan (violin)
Andrea Priester Houde (viola)
William Skidmore (cello)
Sora Lee (piano)
Michael O’Neal Singers
West Virginia University Choir
West Virginia Studio Choir
West Virginia University Studio Orchestra

Conductors

Jeffry Blake Johnson
Michael O’Neal

Works

McAuliffe, Mary

A Dawn Song
Down by the Salley Gardens
Frolics
Gloria!
Leaving: A Famine Victim’s Cry of Desolation
Return to Old Ireland
The Drifter
When You Are Old

Artists

Donald George (tenor)
Lucy Mauro (piano)
Lee Blair (narrator)
Cynthia Babin Anderson (oboe)
Mikylah Myers McTeer (violin)
Timothy Tan (violin)
Andrea Priester Houde (viola)
William Skidmore (cello)
Sora Lee (piano)
Michael O’Neal Singers
West Virginia University Choir
West Virginia Studio Choir
West Virginia University Studio Orchestra

Conductors

Jeffry Blake Johnson
Michael O’Neal

About

In this, the first commercial recording of contemporary Irish composer Mary McAuliffe’s heartfelt and moving music, Delos presents a theme album of sorts. Its two most substantial works recount the wrenching departure of untold thousands of Irish folk to America during the 'Great Hunger' famine of the 1840s – and the Emerald Isle’s persistent 'calling home' of her sons and daughters to the land of their forbears ever since.

Scattered among these highly emotional vocal and choral pieces are varied examples of McAuliffe’s other compositions, including touching art songs setting the verses of W B Yeats, Ireland’s greatest poet, plus engaging samples of her piano and chamber music and a sacred choral number.

Her affecting music is winningly performed by a variety of accomplished vocal, choral and instrumental artists, with most coming from the music department of West Virginia University. Most prominent among them are pianist (and album producer) Lucy Mauro and tenor Donald George: both widely acclaimed for their sterling performances in other Delos albums concentrating mostly on the work of women composers.

Track Listing:
1. Gloria!
West Virginia University Choir, West Virginia University Studio Orchestra / Jeffry Blake Johnson

2. Leaving: A Famine Victim’s Cry of Desolation
Donald George (tenor), Lee Blair (narrator), West Virginia Studio Choir
Cynthia Babin Anderson (oboe), Mikylah Myers McTeer (violin), Timothy Tan (violin), Andrea Priester Houde (viola), William Skidmore (cello), Sora Lee (piano)

3. A Dawn Song
Donald George (tenor), Lucy Mauro (piano)

4. The Drifter
Mikylah Myers McTeer (violin), Lucy Mauro (piano)

5. Down by the Salley Gardens
Donald George (tenor), Lucy Mauro (piano)

6. Frolics
Lucy Mauro (piano)

7. When You Are Old
Donald George (tenor), Lucy Mauro (piano)

8. Return to Old Ireland
The Michael O’Neal Singers / Michael O’Neal

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