Songs & Spirituals of American Women
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Beautiful vocal works in the song tradition of Thompson, Rorem, and Barber.

The artists on this disc write: "Through the ages, they have played recitals, studied in conservatories, written symphonies, concerti, chamber music, operas and piano works. Their music has been performed and recorded by the world's most prestigious orchestras, chamber ensembles, vocalists and instrumentalists. Although frequently neglected, art songs have consistently appeared in the output of women composers. From the parlor songs of Amy Beach to the jazzy accompaniments and lush tunes of Margaret Bonds, American and African-American women have created well-written and interesting compositions and made exciting contributions to the art of song repertoire. This CD is a compendium of these unsung (and in some instances unpublished) art songs. Some are romantic and rapturous, others folksy and frilly, yet all are replete with charm and dignity and worthy to be heard."
Contents:
Jackie Hairston, composer
Guide my Feet
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Betty Jackson King, composer
Ride up in the Chariot
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Barbara Poulshock, composer
At the Foot of Yon Mountain
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Barbara Poulshock, composer
Canaan
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Amy Beach, composer
Ah! Love, But a Day
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Margaret Bonds, composer
Songs of the Season
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Margaret Bonds, composer
The Pasture
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Margaret Bonds, composer
Little David play on your harp
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Clara Edwards, composer
Into the night
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Clara Edwards, composer
O'Jim
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Libby Larsen, composer
Three Cowboy Songs
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Margaret Ruthven Long, composer
In the Twilight
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Margaret Ruthven Long, composer
Irish Love Song
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Undine Moore, composer
To be baptised
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Undine Moore, composer
Set Down
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Undine Moore, composer
I want to die while you love me
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Undine Moore, composer
Come down angels
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Florence Price, composer
Sympathy
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Florence Price, composer
The Glory of the day was in her face
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Florence Price, composer
Hold Fast to Dreams
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Gladys Rich, composer
American Lullaby
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Gwyneth Walker, composer
From Though Love be a day (Maggie & Millie & Molly & May)
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Gwyneth Walker, composer
From Though Love be a day (Still)
Louise Toppin, soprano, Jay Pierson, baritone, John O'Brien, piano

Review:
"The program is richly varied, from spirituals and ballads of love to cowboy songs and amusing lyrics. They have in common a wealth of pleasing melody..." (Fanfare)
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