From the Heartland
MECHEM | PASATIERI | ARGENTO | HOEKMAN From the Heartland TROY1349 - Price: $16.99
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Baritone Robert Peavler and collaborator Arlene Shrut illuminate the American art song.

Baritone Robert Peavler takes the opportunity with this recording to offer a program by American composers of the next generation from Charles Ives and John Duke (to name but two) carrying the torch forward as the new modern composers of art song. Kirke Mechem (b.1925) and Dominick Argento (b.1927) are a generation older than the other two composers includedÑThomas Pasatieri (b.1945) and Timothy Hoekman (b.1954). Robert Peavler is on the voice faculty at Eastern Michigan University. An active recitalist and soloist, Dr. Peavler consistently programs and champions new works by American art song composers. His collaborator, Arlene Shrut, is on the faculty of Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music and is an admired keyboard performer.
Contents:
Kirke Mechem, composer
Four Songs for Baritone
Robert Peavler, baritone, Arlene Shrut, piano

Thomas Pasatieri, composer
Three Poems of Oscar Wilde
Robert Peavler, baritone, Arlene Shrut, piano

Dominick Argento, composer
Songs of Petrarch
Robert Peavler, baritone, Arlene Shrut, piano

Timothy Hoekman, composer
It Was A Lover and Her Lad
Robert Peavler, baritone, Alissa Deeter, soprano, Arlene Shrut, piano

Kirke Mechem, composer
From the Heartland
Robert Peavler, baritone, Arlene Shrut, piano

Review:
“To communicate a ‘heartland’ sensibility, a singer must have a stong, clear voice but not be so operatic that he overpowers the material. Baritone Robert Peavler strikes just the right balance. He may be a baritone, but he has the litheness of a tenor.” (American Record Guide)

“This is music that vividly and unapologetically engages our emotions, albeit with the unmistakably modern palette of twentieth century colors. …Baritone Robert Peavler is an ideal artist to bring these songs to life, thanks to his intense expressivity and unfailing attention to his texts. …an exceptionally fine recital thanks to the quality of both the rep-ertoire and performances contained therein.” (Journal of Singing)
 
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