Song Cycles With Double Bass
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World premiere recordings of two song cycles for voice and piano with double bass.

Composer Allan Blank has written two song cycles for voice and piano with double bass, both of which are given world premiere recordings on this disc. One cycle uses poetry from the Holocaust and the second is based on poetry by Jane Kenyon. Allen Blank is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Many of his more than 300 compositions have been published and recorded. Three of the performers are affiliated with West Virginia University (Catharine Thieme, mezzo-soprano, Robert Thieme, piano, Andrew Kohn, double bass). Soprano Jennifer Miller is an active performer in the Pittsburgh area and pianist Robert Frankenberry is a member of New York's Phoenix Players.
Contents:
Allan Blank, composer
Poems from the Holocaust
Catharine Thieme, mezzo-soprano, Andrew Kohn, double bass, Robert Thieme, piano

Allan Blank, composer
Introduction, Five Poems, Interludes & Conclusion
Jennifer Miller, soprano, Andrew Kohn, doublebass,Robert Frankenberry, piano

Review:
“"Allan Blank has a keen sense of narrative. …he is an important composer in the world of song. …Blank knows how to maximize his material effectively; one of his strengths is not to labor a point, but to have confidence in his imagination and his ability to translate that to the page, and hence to us. …Recommended.” (Fanfare)

“Allan Blank is a composer with a lyrical gift and an effective way of expressing the feel-ings behind this mostly unprofessional but deeply-felt poetry.” (American Record Guide)
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