Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Hermit Songs Op. 29

  1. 1) I. At Saint Patrick’s Purgatory

    1.33

  2. 2) II. Church Bell at Nigh

    0.45

  3. 3) III. St. Ita’s Vision

    3.13

  4. 4) IV. The Heavenly Banquet

    1.14

  5. 5) V. The Crucifixion

    2.05

  6. 6) VI. Sea-Snatch

    0.38

  7. 7) VII. Promiscuity

    1.01

  8. 8) VIII. The Monk and His Cat

    2.17

  9. 9) IX. The Praises of God

    0.55

  10. 10) X. The Desire for Hermitage

    3.40

Jake Heggie (1961): These Strangers

  1. 11) I. These Strangers

    1.22

  2. 12) II. In the Midst of Thousands

    1.55

  3. 13) III. I Did Not Speak Out

    3.34

  4. 14) IV. To a Stranger

    4.06

Jake Heggie (1961): How Well I Knew The Light

  1. 15) I. Ample make this Bed

    1.37

  2. 16) II. The Sun kept setting

    3.00

Carisle Floyd (1926): The Mystery

  1. 17) I. He has kissed me

    3.13

  2. 18) II. Gentleness

    4.12

  3. 19) III. To my husband

    4.48

  4. 20) IV. At dawn

    2.54

  5. 21) V. Rocking

    3.04

Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Four Early Songs

  1. 22) I. Night

    3.30

  2. 23) II. A Summer Vacation

    2.20

  3. 24) III. My Heart is in the East

    2.25

  4. 25) IV. Alone

    2.08

Gordon Getty (1933): Kathy's Aria (from Goodbye Mr. Chips)

  1. 26) Chips, darling, it’s started

    4.21

Gordon Getty (1933): Welsh Songs

  1. 27) I. Welcome Robin

    1.59

  2. 28) II. Kind Old Man

    3.59

  3. 29) III. All Through the Night

    3.45

Gordon Getty (1933):

  1. 30) Deep River

    2.37

  2. 31) Danny Boy

    4.08

CD information

DIVERSE, BUT UNMISTAKABLY AMERICAN

An American Song Album is a fine collection of songs by American composers, presented by soprano Melody Moore. The repertoire includes Samuel Barber’s introspective Hermit Songs, Jake Heggie’s engaged cycles These Strangers and How Well I Knew the Light, Carlisle Floyd’s exploration of motherhood in The Mystery, Copland’s impressionist and oriental Four Early Songs, as well as a varied selection from Gordon Getty’s vocal works. Set to Irish, Welsh, Chilean, German, Arabic and Afro-American poetry,
these pieces constitute a panorama of the US as a melting pot of cultures, while simultaneously being bound together by an unmistakably American sound. Melody Moore manages to lift out the poetry of these works with her warm, lyrical voice and impeccable vocal technique. She is accompanied on the piano by Bradley Moore, one of the most eminent conductors and song accompanists of today’s American musical scene.

With her first solo album, Melody Moore continues her PENTATONE discography that already features recordings of leading roles in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack (2012) and The Little Match Girl (2015), as well as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello (2017).