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Ned Rorem
Songs of Ned Rorem

Release Date: January 25, 2007

Catalog Number: OM 1009-2

Available Formats: CD, Digital Download

List Price: $15

Composer: Ned Rorem

Performer: Charles Bressler, Donald Gramm, Gianna d’Angelo, Ned Rorem, Phyllis Curtin, Regina Sarfaty

Conductor: N/A

Orchestra/Ensemble: N/A

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Recording Notes

Originally released on LP by Columbia Records in 1964, this album features some of the most outstanding soloists of the day: Charles Bressler, Phyllis Curtin, Gianna D’Angelo, Donald Gramm, and Regina Sarfaty, accompanied at the piano by the composer, Ned Rorem. The original recordings were digitized and re-mastered on a Sonic Solutions system to minimize tape hiss and other sound artifacts. The resulting clarity and brilliance far surpasses that of the original release offering a fresh look at this legendary album. Includes a 24-page booklet.

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Track Listing

POEMS BY ROBERT HERRICK, BEN JONSON, JOHN DRYDEN, AND ORLANDO GIBBONS
1. Song for a Girl (Dryden) — Gianna d’Angelo, soprano (0:57)
2. To the Willow Tree (Herrick) — Donald Gramm, bass (2:01)
3. Echo’s Song (Jonson) — Charles Bressler, tenor (2:08)
4. Upon Julia’s Clothes (Herrick) — Donald Gramm, bass (0:41)
5. Silver Swan (Gibbons) — Gianna d’Angelo, soprano (3:06)

THREE PSALMS from the CYCLE OF HOLY SONGS — Phyllis Curtin, soprano
6.  Psalm 134: “Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord…” (2:14)
7.  Psalm 148: “Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens…” (2:11)
8.  Psalm 150: “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary…” (3:01)

POEMS BY PAUL GOODMAN AND THEODORE ROETHKE
9.  The Lordly Hudson (Goodman) — Regina Sarfaty, mezzo-soprano (2:34)
10.  Snake (Roethke) — Gianna d’Angelo, soprano (0:53)
11.  Rain in Spring (Goodman) — Regina Sarfaty, mezzo-soprano (1:19)
12.  Root Cellar (Roethke) — Donald Gramm, bass (2:07)
13.  Sally’s Smile (Goodman) — Donald Gramm, bass (0:43)
14.  Such Beauty As Hurts to Behold (Goodman) — Regina Sarfaty, mezzo-soprano (2:32)
15.  My Papa’s Waltz (Roethke) — Donald Gramm, bass (1:23)

POEMS BY ROBERT HILLYER, GERTRUDE STEIN, HOWARD MOSS, AND ELIZABETH BISHOP
16.  Early in the Morning (Hillyer) — Donald Gramm, bass (1:45)
17.  I Am Rose (Stein) — Regina Sarfaty, mezzo-soprano (0:18)
18.  See How They Love Me (Moss) — Charles Bressler, tenor (2:02)
19.  Visits to Saint Elizabeth’s (Bishop) — Regina Sarfaty, mezzo-soprano (3:36)

THREE MEDIEVAL POEMS (Anon. c. 1500)
20.  A Christmas Carol — Charles Bressler, tenor (1:30)
21.  The Nightingale — Phyllis Curtin, soprano (1:17)
22.  The Call — Donald Gramm, bass (1:04)

POEMS BY GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS AND WALT WHITMAN
23.  Spring and Fall (Hopkins) — Donald Gramm, bass (1:52)
24.  Spring (Hopkins) — Phyllis Curtin, soprano (1:50)
25.  To You (Whitman) — Donald Gramm, bass (0:37)
26.  Youth, Day, Old Age, and Night (Whitman) — Charles Bressler, tenor (2:08)
27.  O You Whom I Often and Silently Come (Whitman) — Regina Sarfaty, mezzo-soprano (0:23)

POEMS BY ROBERT BROWNING, PADRIAC PEARSE, EDMUND SPENSER, AND R. L. STEVENSON
28.  Pippa’s Song (Browning) — Gianna d’Angelo, soprano (1:53)
29.  Lullaby of the Woman of the Mountain (Pearse) — Charles Bressler, tenor (1:59)
30.  What If Some Little Pain (Spenser) — Regina Sarfaty, mezzo-soprano (1:49)
31.  In a Gondola (Browning) — Gianna d’Angelo, soprano (2:12)
32.  Requiem (R. L. Stevenson) — Charles Bressler, tenor (2:00)

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