Show Me the Way | Cedille Records CDR90000226

Show Me the Way


Label: Cedille Records

Cat No: CDR90000226

Barcode: 0735131922623

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Expected Release Date: 5th July 2024

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Grammy Award-winning, “velvet voiced” (NPR) baritone Will Liverman presents a recital programme honouring women in classical music, past and present, on Show Me The Way, his second “passion project” recording for Cedille.

Praised as “nothing short of extraordinary” (Opera News), Liverman has curated a moving and poignant recital celebrating American female composers from 20th-century trailblazers Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and Amy Cheney Beach to present-day composers commissioned for this programme.

This new album, Liverman’s second with longtime recital partner pianist Jonathan King, is inspired by and honours the singer’s mother, gospel singer Terry Liverman, and their mutual love of song. The Livermans perform together on recording for the first time in their own arrangement of Alma Bazel Androzzo’s cherished hymn If I Can Help Somebody.

Two new song cycles serve as pillars of the recording: Jasmine Barnes’s A Sable Jubilee with a newly-commissioned libretto by Tesia Kwarteng that celebrates Black Joy and Libby Larsen’s three-movement Machine Head: Ted Burke Poems depicting everyday American life. Liverman premiered the cycles in an “extraordinary recital… as meaningful in content as it was rich with his resonant voice – both elements impressive for their range” (Aspen Times).

Liverman, “one of the most versatile singing artists performing today,” (Bachtrack) is joined by all-star special guests including J’Nai Bridges in a somber new work by Rene Orth and Renée Fleming in Sarah Kirkland Snider’s mysterious and affecting Everything That Ever Was. He sings a duet from Amy Beach’s rarely performed opera, Cabildo, with Nicole Cabell, featuring violinist Lady Jess and cellist Tahirah Whittington.

Also featured on the album are Jonathan King’s arrangement of Ella Fitzgerald and Chick Webb’s You Show Me The Way originally performed by the duo at New York’s Savoy Ballroom, as well as a new work, Spell to Turn the World Around, by Kamala Sankaram, with a text that calls awareness to the destruction caused by wildfires.

This recording follows Liverman’s “devastatingly beautiful” (The Washington Post), Billboard chart-topping and Grammy-nominated Cedille album, Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers.

Show Me The Way is produced and engineered by the Grammy-winning team of James Ginsburg and Bill Maylone, with additional engineering by Dan Nichols. It was recorded 17–19 July 2023 in the Sasha and Eugene Jarvis Opera Hall at DePaul University in Chicago, and 15 August 2023 in Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington DC (for the session featuring Renée Fleming).

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