Voices of Light

Voices of Light

by Dawn Upshaw

CD

Overview

Leave it to Dawn Upshaw to come up with a song recital as daring and ecstatically delicate as this. Inspired by her performances in Olivier Messiaen's visionary opera Saint François d'Assise (as the booklet note tells us), she began exploring the composer's songs, and a selection of his underappreciated and mysteriously luminous gems ties this program together. Woven around Messiaen's music are song cycles by Debussy and Fauré, with a song by the contemporary Argentinean-born composer Osvaldo Golijov placed strategically at the recital's center. Upshaw, an acclaimed Melisande, has already recorded a mesmerizing album of Debussy songs, but the three Chansons de Bilitis are a welcome addition to her discography. Her Fauré is perhaps even more impressive. This music requires a cool intensity that is Upshaw's forte, and Gilbert Kalish accompanies sensitively, imbuing the spare lines of the piano part with expressive directness. As for the Golijov song, while it may seem out of place in an otherwise all-French program, it actually fits in quite beautifully, with its gentle, rocking accompaniment and the sensuous caress of the vocal line. All in all, then, this is an album to cherish, and its value is only increased by Michael Steinberg's extensive and exceptionally enlightening booklet note.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2004
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597981223
catalogNumber: 79812

Tracks

  1. Poèmes pour Mi, song cycle for soprano & piano (or orchestra), I/17b: Le Collier  - Olivier Messiaen  - Olivier Messiaen  - Robert Hurwitz  - Gilbert Kalish  - Dawn Upshaw  - Dawn Upshaw  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Peter Low
  2. Chansons de Bilitis (3), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 90  - Claude Debussy  - Robert Hurwitz  - Gilbert Kalish  - Pierre Louys  - Dawn Upshaw  - Dawn Upshaw  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Peter Low
  3. Harawi, song cycle for soprano & piano, I/28: L'Escalier redit, gestes du soleil  - Olivier Messiaen  - Olivier Messiaen  - Robert Hurwitz  - Gilbert Kalish  - Dawn Upshaw  - Dawn Upshaw  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Peter Low
  4. Harawi, song cycle for soprano & piano, I/28: Amour oiseau d'étoile  - Olivier Messiaen  - Olivier Messiaen  - Robert Hurwitz  - Gilbert Kalish  - Dawn Upshaw  - Dawn Upshaw  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Peter Low
  5. Lúa descolorida, for voice & piano  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Robert Hurwitz  - Gilbert Kalish  - Dawn Upshaw  - Dawn Upshaw  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Rosalía de Castro
  6. Poèmes pour Mi, song cycle for soprano & piano (or orchestra), I/17b: Priére exaucée  - Olivier Messiaen  - Olivier Messiaen  - Robert Hurwitz  - Gilbert Kalish  - Dawn Upshaw  - Dawn Upshaw  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Peter Low
  7. La chanson d'Eve, song cycle (10) for voice & piano, Op. 95  - Gabriel Fauré  - Robert Hurwitz  - Gilbert Kalish  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Dawn Upshaw  - Dawn Upshaw  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Peter Low
  8. Chants de terre et de ciel, song cycle for soprano & piano, I/19: Résurrection  - Olivier Messiaen  - Olivier Messiaen  - Robert Hurwitz  - Gilbert Kalish  - Dawn Upshaw  - Dawn Upshaw  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Osvaldo Golijov  - Peter Low

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