Waking the Sparrows

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Waking the Sparrow, from classical and baroque guitarist Robert Nathanson and soprano Nancy King, performing as Duo Soreno, is the result of a twenty-year long journey exploring the grandeur of the human voice blended with the vibrancy of the guitar. Interpreting the work of five notable modern composers who were, in turn, inspired by the words of poets throughout the ages, Nathanson and King deliver a stunning performance that is rich in its variety and impressive in scope. The album opens with William Neil’s “Out of Darkness into Light”, which adds violin, saxophone, bassoon and contrabassoon to Duo Soreno’s arrangement of what the composer described as a “mystery play interpreting through composed and improvisational music the prayer-like text written by Malgosia Sawczuk.” Along with violinist Danijela Žeželej-Gualdi, the duo interprets “Open the River,” with text from “To the Hand,” a poem by W.S. Merwin. The remaining pieces on Waking the Sparrow feature only Nathanson and King. “A Song of Unending Sorrow” is a three-movement setting for guitar and soprano, inspired by composer Jing Jing Luo’s interpretation of a work by the Tang Dynasty poet Ba Juji. The performance, at once both simple and intricate, captures the ecstasy of love and the sorrow of loss. Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer William Bolcom’s “Three Cabaret Songs” arise from his collaboration with poet Arnold Weinstein and are here for the first time arranged for soprano and guitar by guitarist Michael Lorimer. Inspired by the seasonal aspect of much of haiku poetry, “Waking the Sparrows: Five Haiku Songs” was composed for Duo Soreno by David Ketchley. Its lyrical and dramatic exploration of the timbral possibilities of voice and guitar evoke a haiku-like aura of Spring.
Item number RR7985
Barcode 636160195982
Release date 7/13/2018
Category Vocal
Number of units 1
Ensemble Duo Sureño
Disc: 1
Out of Darkness Into Light00:24:00
1 Out of the Darkness into Light 00:24:03 Neil, William Estoppey, Laurent Duo Sureño Žeželj-Gualdi, Danijela Spencer, Helena Spencer, Helena
Open the River00:06:00
2 Open the River 00:06:19 Duo Sureño Žeželj-Gualdi, Danijela
An Unending Sorrow00:09:00
3 An Unending Sorrow (Excerpts): The Nightmare 00:01:38 Duo Sureño
4 An Unending Sorrow (Excerpts): In the Jade Tower. 00:05:59 Duo Sureño
5 An Unending Sorrow (Excerpts): The Dream Scene 00:03:22 Duo Sureño
Cabaret Songs00:15:02
6 Cabaret Songs: No. 4, Waitin' 00:01:52 Duo Sureño
7 Cabaret Songs: No. 5, Song of Black Max 00:03:22 Duo Sureño
8 Cabaret Songs: No. 6, Amour 00:03:26 Duo Sureño
Waking the Sparrows: 5 Haiku Songs00:23:00
9 Waking the Sparrows (5 Haiku Songs): No. 1, The An 00:04:59 Duo Sureño
10 Waking the Sparrows (5 Haiku Songs): No. 2, The Ph 00:04:38 Duo Sureño
11 Waking the Sparrows (5 Haiku Songs): No. 3, Sparro 00:05:51 Duo Sureño
12 Waking the Sparrows (5 Haiku Songs): No. 4, The Wo 00:02:51 Duo Sureño
13 Waking the Sparrows (5 Haiku Songs): No. 5, Spring 00:04:30 Duo Sureño
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