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Songs of America: On Home, Love, Nature, and Death

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  • Composer Caroline Shaw's new album, Narrow Sea, featuring Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw, and Gilbert Kalish's performance of the title piece—five parts, each a new setting of a text from The Sacred Harp, the 19th-century collection of shape-note hymns—is due next Friday, January 22, on Nonesuch. Here, the artists talk with writer Matthew Guerrieri about the album, which also includes Sō Percussion's performance of Shaw's Taxidermy. Find out why she tells Guerrieri: "I was telling a friend, half-jokingly, that, in a lot of my music, I’m trying to figure out a way to talk about death and mortality, or think about it."

  • Nonesuch Records releases its second album from Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw, Narrow Sea, on January 22, 2021. The title piece was written for Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw, and Gilbert Kalish, who perform it on this recording: five parts, each a new setting of a text from The Sacred Harp nineteenth century collection of shape-note hymns. Also on the album is Sō Percussion's performance of Shaw's Taxidermy, which she wrote for the ensemble. A video for Part 2 of Narrow Sea can be seen here.

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    The CD of this album is available to purchase at ArkivMusic.

    In this unique recording of American art songs, mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani and pianist Gilbert Kalish present the work of many of this country’s most gifted composers and poets in a new and powerful light. The 28 songs cover a significant historical span (1860-1984) and myriad styles and emotions; yet, in their very diversity and individualism, they represent (to quote Charles Ives) “not music ‘made in America,’ but American music.”

    The selection of music heard in Songs of America reflects, in part, the personal empathy of the artists with each song; in part, an exploration into some of the amazingly diverse idioms to be found in this musical genre; and, above all, the clearly identifiable sound of America portrayed in song.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano
    Gilbert Kalish, piano

    Joyce Robins, violin

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Recorded by Max Wilcox

    Produced by Theresa Sterne

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In this unique recording of American art songs, mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani and pianist Gilbert Kalish present the work of many of this country’s most gifted composers and poets in a new and powerful light. The 28 songs cover a significant historical span (1860-1984) and myriad styles and emotions; yet, in their very diversity and individualism, they represent (to quote Charles Ives) “not music ‘made in America,’ but American music.”

Description: 

The CD of this album is available to purchase at ArkivMusic.

In this unique recording of American art songs, mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani and pianist Gilbert Kalish present the work of many of this country’s most gifted composers and poets in a new and powerful light. The 28 songs cover a significant historical span (1860-1984) and myriad styles and emotions; yet, in their very diversity and individualism, they represent (to quote Charles Ives) “not music ‘made in America,’ but American music.”

The selection of music heard in Songs of America reflects, in part, the personal empathy of the artists with each song; in part, an exploration into some of the amazingly diverse idioms to be found in this musical genre; and, above all, the clearly identifiable sound of America portrayed in song.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Recorded by Max Wilcox

Produced by Theresa Sterne

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79178

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Thursday, September 1, 1988 - 04:00
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13.00
Artist Name: 
Jan DeGaetani
Gilbert Kalish
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MUSICIANS
Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano
Gilbert Kalish, piano

Joyce Robins, violin

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