Heart On The Wall
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A contemporary view of the art song tradition.

The art song cycles and collections crafted by the American composers on this recording musically document African-American culture through poetry, historical subjects, the diaspora and vernacular elements. This is a contemporary view of the art song tradition in world premiere recordings. Louise Toppin has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral, and oratorio performances around the world. In addition to opera performances, including Lee Hoiby's one-woman opera The Italian Lesson, Ms. Toppin tours in Gershwin on Broadway.
Contents:
Robert Owens, composer
Heart on the Wall
Louis Toppin, soprano, Dvorak Symphony Orchestra, Julius Williams, conductor

Julius P. Williams, composer
Myths of History
Louis Toppin, soprano, Dvorak Symphony Orchestra, Julius Williams, conductor

Robert L. Morris, composer
Lyric Suite
Louis Toppin, soprano, Dvorak Symphony Orchestra, Julius Williams, conductor

Nkeiru Okoye, composer
Songs of Harriet Tubman
Louis Toppin, soprano, Dvorak Symphony Orchestra, Julius Williams, conductor

Review:
"...a very fine CD, well performed and recorded, and worth acquring..." (Fanfare)
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