Romantic American Songs
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Elegant American vocal works.

"Since I first started going to song recitals, I wondered why I heard so few American songs," says Paul Sperry in the booklet notes. "Was it that there weren't many good ones? I doubted it, and I have subsequently learned that I was right. While researching little known American songs for three Bicentennial celebration recitals, I discovered that songwriting has always attracted American composers and that they have given us a large and fascinating repertory encompassing every conceivable style. The only difficulty I face as a performer is to choose which ones to sing, or, in this case, to record. I have chosen these five composers because they are all "Romantics:" they favor tonal harmonies, attractive melodies, and a close relationship between words and music; they seek to convey the emotional content of the poetry in musical terms. But more specifically, I chose them because I love their songs."
Contents:
Paul Bowles, composer
Once a Lady Was Here
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Paul Bowles, composer
Three
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Paul Bowles, composer
Letter to Freddy
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Paul Bowles, composer
April Fool Baby
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Paul Bowles, composer
Baby, Baby
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Theodore Chanler, composer
O Mistress Mine
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Theodore Chanler, composer
These, My Ophelia
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Theodore Chanler, composer
The Doves
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Theodore Chanler, composer
Memory
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Theodore Chanler, composer
I Rise When You Enter
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Arthur Farwell, composer
Eleven Poems of Emily Dickinson
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Richard Hundley composer
Ballad on Queen Anne' Death
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Richard Hundley composer
Bartholomew Green
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Richard Hundley composer
Come Ready and See Me
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Richard Hundley composer
Sweet Suffolk Owl
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Richard Hundley composer
Spring Song
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Richard Hundley composer
Waterbird
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Richard Hundley composer
I Do
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Richard Hundley composer
Isaac Greentree
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Richard Hundley composer
On a Wife
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Richard Hundley composer
The Astronomers
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Richard Hundley composer
Some Sheep are Loving
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Virgil Thomson, composer
A Prayer to St. Catherine
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Virgil Thomson, composer
There is a Garden in Her Face
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Virgil Thomson, composer
English Usage
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Virgil Thomson, composer
Take, O Take those Lips Away
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Virgil Thomson, composer
Preciosilla
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Review:
"Paul Sperry is firmly established as a leading champion of American art song, premiering new works, programming them on recitals, and editing published song volumes. His insightful liner notes contain an informative overview of the songs....Sperry's performance is confident and sure - an artist in his element, presenting literature which caters to his greatest strength, the interpretive presentation of text." (The NATS Journal)
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