Chamber Music, Vol. V
EDWARD COLLINS Chamber Music, Vol. V TROY641 - Price: $16.99
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This fifth volume continues our series of music by Edwanrd Collins Ń this one concentrating on his songs and chamber work.

This is the first recording of Collin's songs and instrumental duos, including the 1933 Suite for Violoncello and Piano, a major addition to the repertoire for this combination of instruments. Born in Joliet, Illinois, Collins studied piano with Ganz in Chicago and composition with Bruch and Humperdinck in Europe. A 1912 Berlin debut and subsequent concerts in the USA and Europe earned strong critical praise. Collins was hired as an assistant conductor for the Bayreuth Festival in 1914; that engagement was ended by World War I and service in the US Army. After the War, Collins began a teaching career in Chicago, continuing to conduct, perform and compose. His music attracted the attention of Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Frederick Stock, who conducted many of Collins's orchestral compositions. Those include a symphony, three piano concerti, and a secular cantata. Collins also composed dozens of songs, piano solo works and other chamber music. The songs presented on this CD were composed between 1917 and 1944. As a former opera house assistant conductor at New York's Century Opera and at the Bayreuth Festival, Collins understood voices and had a thorough appreciation for the best of them. Having coached many singers, he knew what to expect in regard to range, color, tessitura and expression. He did not, therefore, approach song writing as if composing for instrumentalists. A man who was an avid reader of the classics, he brought a literate acuity to his choice of texts and even wrote some fine ones himself; the best songs merit the attention of any sensitive singer.
Contents:
Edward Collins, composer
Arabesque
Frank Almond, violin, Jeffrey Sykes, piano

Edward Collins, composer
Suite for Violoncello and Piano
Parry Karp, cello, Jeffrey Sykes, piano

Edward Collins, composer
Prayer
Parry Karp, cello, Jeffrey Sykes, piano

Edward Collins, composer
The Daffodils
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
The Pines
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
The Wooded Lake
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
Death of the Leaves
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
Butterflies
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
Magdalene
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
To a Little Child
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
Prayer for C.H.S.
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
The Faded Violet
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
Music When Soft Voices Die
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
The Fog
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
The Bayadre
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
A Piper
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
Annabel Lee
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Edward Collins, composer
Song and Suds
Patrice Michaels, soprano, Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

Review:
"Collins is a composer of sensitivity and power." (American Record Guide)
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