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Garfein: Mortality Mansions – Songs of Love and Loss After 60


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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. Hall’s 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. Garfein’s music effectively envelops Hall’s verses like a glove, illuminating their attendant moods, potent emotions, and stark verbal imagery. The album includes an interlude of Hall’s readings of his poetry, and ends with a memorable epilogue: Garfein’s pensive setting of a moving poem by Jane Kenyon, Hall’s 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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Item number DE 3548
Barcode 013491354828
Release date 6/8/2018
Category Classical Music
Label DELOS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Author Hall, Donald
Classical Artist Dover, Dimitri
Slattery, Michael
Disc: 1
Mortality Mansions00:43:00
1 Mortality Mansions: No. 1, When the Young Husband 00:03:45 Slattery, Michael Dover, Dimitri
2 Mortality Mansions: No. 2, When I Was Young 00:03:23 Slattery, Michael Dover, Dimitri
3 Mortality Mansions: No. 3, Woolworth's 00:03:07 Slattery, Michael Dover, Dimitri
4 Mortality Mansions: No. 4, The Green Shelf 00:03:12 Slattery, Michael Dover, Dimitri
5 Mortality Mansions: No. 5, Fête 00:01:11 Slattery, Michael Dover, Dimitri
6 Mortality Mansions: No. 6, The Young Watch Us 00:03:09 Slattery, Michael Dover, Dimitri
7 Mortality Mansions: No. 7, Summer Kitchen 00:05:08 Slattery, Michael Dover, Dimitri
8 Mortality Mansions: No. 8, Dying Is Simple, She Sa 00:03:59 Slattery, Michael Dover, Dimitri
9 Mortality Mansions: No. 9, Deathwork 00:02:52 Slattery, Michael Dover, Dimitri
10 Mortality Mansions: No. 10, Freezes and Junes 00:03:04 Slattery, Michael Dover, Dimitri
11 Mortality Mansions: No. 11, Gold 00:04:36 Slattery, Michael Dover, Dimitri
Mortality Mansions00:13:00
12 Mortality Mansions (With Readings): No. 1, When th 00:03:06 Hall, Donald Dover, Dimitri
13 Mortality Mansions (With Readings): No. 2, When I 00:01:11 Hall, Donald Dover, Dimitri
14 Mortality Mansions (With Readings): No. 3, Woolwor 00:01:11 Hall, Donald Dover, Dimitri
15 Mortality Mansions (With Readings): No. 4, The Gre 00:01:19 Hall, Donald Dover, Dimitri
16 Mortality Mansions (With Readings): No. 5, Fête 00:00:29 Hall, Donald Dover, Dimitri
17 Mortality Mansions (With Readings): No. 6, The You 00:00:46 Hall, Donald Dover, Dimitri
18 Mortality Mansions (With Readings): No. 7, Summer 00:00:58 Hall, Donald Dover, Dimitri
19 Mortality Mansions (With Readings): No. 8, Dying I 00:01:12 Hall, Donald Dover, Dimitri
20 Mortality Mansions (With Readings): No. 9, Deathwo 00:01:14 Hall, Donald Dover, Dimitri
21 Mortality Mansions (With Readings): No. 10, Freeze 00:00:47 Hall, Donald Dover, Dimitri
22 Mortality Mansions (With Readings): No. 11, Gold 00:01:10 Hall, Donald Dover, Dimitri
Mortality Mansions00:43:00
23 Otherwise 00:05:53 Breckenridge, Marnie Dover, Dimitri
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