Mortality Mansions: Songs of Love and Loss after 60 | Delos DE3548

Mortality Mansions: Songs of Love and Loss after 60

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Label: Delos

Cat No: DE3548

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th June 2018

Contents

Artists

Michael Slattery (tenor)
Marnie Breckenridge (soprano)
Dimitri Dover (piano)
Donald Hall (reader)

Works

Garfein, Herschel

Mortality Mansions (song cycle)

Artists

Michael Slattery (tenor)
Marnie Breckenridge (soprano)
Dimitri Dover (piano)
Donald Hall (reader)

About

In this unique Delos album, two-time Grammy Award-winning composer, librettist, and producer Herschel Garfein introduces Mortality Mansions: a stunning new song cycle setting poems by former U.S. poet laureate Donald Hall.

Hallís plain-spoken, yet profound poetry reveals his candid perspectives on aging, with its inevitable physical decline, fears, personal losses, and emotional trials. Yet he balances these negative aspects with such persisting joys and pleasures as loving companionship and physical intimacy.

Garfeinís music effectively envelops Hallís verses like a glove, illuminating their attendant moods, potent emotions, and stark verbal imagery. The album includes an interlude of Hallís readings of his poetry, and ends with a memorable epilogue: Garfeinís pensive setting of a moving poem by Jane Kenyon, Hallís late wife.

Tenor Michael Slattery performs the song cycle brilliantly, and soprano Marnie Breckenridge interprets the epilogue to devastating effect. Exceptional piano collaboration comes courtesy of Dimitri Dover.

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