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Garth Baxter: Ask the Moon


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Composer Garth Baxter makes his Parma debut with a collection of his exquisite works for voice entitled Ask the Moon. This album is about the human condition and the pursuit of light in darkness. A setting of Sara Teasdale’s “Nights Without Sleep,” for voice and piano commences the album’s journey of introspection. Then there is Three Madrigals—“There is a Lady Sweet and Kind,” combines the elegance of the English art song with the character of a Stephen Foster folk tune; the performance of “The Silver Swan,” a dark Irish ballad of sorts, is evocative of the Leontyne Price recordings of Samuel Barber’s art songs; “Love Me Not for Comely Grace,” embodies its text, demonstrating the sweet, yet complicated burden of affections. Following is “Is This the Cost?” an elegiac exemplar of Baxter’s flair for dramatic writing derived from Act II, Scene II of his opera Lily (Lisa VanAuken, librettist). Four Views of Love begins with “When You Are Old,” a reflective setting of the classic Yeats text. Be prepared for an incredible climax that expresses fully the ranges of the piano and the human voice trailed by blissful catharsis. Closing the album is Skywriting, a cycle “drawing on words by Linda Pastan.” In the composer’s own words—“[Pastan’s] poems have so often touched me so deeply and in such a very personal way that it feels as if she has been listening to my thoughts. The title of the album, Ask the Moon, comes from the closing line of the final song, ‘Why are your poems so dark?’”
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Item number NV6133
Barcode 896931004336
Release date 1/12/2018
Category Vocal
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Various Artists
Disc: 1
Nights Without Sleep00:03:00
1 Nights Without Sleep 00:02:32 Stewart, Andrew Drackley, Peter Scott
3 Madrigals (version for voice and piano)00:05:00
2 3 Madrigals (Version for Voice & Piano): No. 1, Th 00:01:52 Satava, Jessica Hanel Stewart, Andrew
3 3 Madrigals (Version for Voice & Piano): No. 2, Th 00:02:51 Satava, Jessica Hanel Stewart, Andrew
4 3 Madrigals (Version for Voice & Piano): No. 3, Lo 00:01:34 Satava, Jessica Hanel Stewart, Andrew
Lily00:25:04
5 Lily: Is This the Cost? 00:03:19 Keem, Katherine Unha Stewart, Andrew
4 Views of Love00:10:00
6 4 Views of Love: No. 1, When You Are Old 00:03:49 Stewart, Andrew Drackley, Peter Scott
7 4 Views of Love: No. 2, Let It Be You 00:01:50 Stewart, Andrew Drackley, Peter Scott
8 4 Views of Love: No. 3, Let It Be Forgotten 00:02:38 Stewart, Andrew Drackley, Peter Scott
9 4 Views of Love: No. 4, A Thunderstorm in Town 00:01:31 Stewart, Andrew Drackley, Peter Scott
Grandmother, Think Not I Forget00:05:00
10 Grandmother, Think Not I Forget 00:04:50 Satava, Jessica Hanel Stewart, Andrew
3 Poems from Edna St. Vincent Millay00:07:00
11 3 Poems from Edna St. Vincent Millay: No. 1, After 00:01:23 Satava, Jessica Hanel Stewart, Andrew
12 3 Poems from Edna St. Vincent Millay: No. 2, Lamen 00:03:03 Satava, Jessica Hanel Stewart, Andrew
13 3 Poems from Edna St. Vincent Millay: No. 3, Trave 00:02:04 Satava, Jessica Hanel Stewart, Andrew
2 Last Songs00:05:00
14 2 Last Songs: No. 1, 1932 00:02:56 Gill, Annie Stewart, Andrew
15 2 Last Songs: No. 2, When I Am Dead, My Dearest 00:02:43 Gill, Annie Stewart, Andrew
April Twilight00:04:00
16 April Twilight 00:03:42 Gill, Annie Stewart, Andrew Wertheimer, Melissa
Skywriting00:09:00
17 Skywriting: No. 1, There Are Poems 00:02:06 Satava, Jessica Hanel Stewart, Andrew
18 Skywriting: No. 2, Spring 00:01:43 Satava, Jessica Hanel Stewart, Andrew
19 Skywriting: No. 3, The Imperfect Paradise 00:02:33 Satava, Jessica Hanel Stewart, Andrew
20 Skywriting: No. 4, Why Are Your Poems So Dark? 00:02:13 Satava, Jessica Hanel Stewart, Andrew
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