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The second recording on Albany Records by this outstanding ensemble featuring the songs of Tom Cipullo.

The Mirror Visions Ensemble has had the pleasure of working with many living composers during the past eleven years. This CD continues the tradition, offering first (or second) hearings of new works by five American composers. The ensemble's mission is two-fold: comparing multiple settings - or mirrors - of texts, and also encouraging new visions of texts. The focus here is on visions rather than mirrors. The poetry was chosen by the ensemble from the works of poets who are friends or friends of friends (and now new friends). The five composers are old friends who have written for the ensemble on numerous occasions. What does one hope will result from this process of handing texts to composers who then interpret them with their own musical voices? The match of poet to composer is delicate: the composer needs to feel not only inspired by but at one with the poetry, and the poet needs to be willing to be shocked by the stretching, contorting, coloring and layering that the words might undergo. The results are dynamic, unpredictable, and unique, and - one hopes - of immense interest to those who care about sung words. This program consists of : solo songs with piano for soprano, tenor and baritone, as well as vocal duets and trios with piano. The fifteen-movement work by Tom Cipullo to texts of Linda Pastan is one of the few such pieces for multiple voices with piano. This is a genre not easily defined - part song cycle, part cantata, and part theater work without staging (the music powerfully provides the setting, backdrop, lighting, and action). A new, distinctively American art form can be detected here.
Contents:
Tom Cipullo, composer
Secrets
Tobé Malawista, soprano, Scott Murphree, tenor, Richard Lalli, baritone, piano, Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Richard Lalli, composer
Lessons
Tobé Malawista, soprano, Scott Murphree, tenor, Richard Lalli, baritone, piano, Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Richard Pearson Thomas, composer
Droplets
Tobé Malawista, soprano, Scott Murphree, tenor, Richard Lalli, baritone, piano, Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Richard Lalli, composer
The Train
Tobé Malawista, soprano, Scott Murphree, tenor, Richard Lalli, baritone, piano, Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Francine Trester, composer
The Octopus
Tobé Malawista, soprano, Scott Murphree, tenor, Richard Lalli, baritone, piano, Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Christopher Berg, composer
The Night Gallery
Tobé Malawista, soprano, Scott Murphree, tenor, Richard Lalli, baritone, piano, Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Francine Trester, composer
Mouse Song
Tobé Malawista, soprano, Scott Murphree, tenor, Richard Lalli, baritone, piano, Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Review:
Review to come.
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