A Diamond Jubilee
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The first recording devoted exclusively to this great American composer's songs.

We lost one of the great American composers in June of 2005 when David Diamond passed away. However, we have been fortunate to have heard his Symphonies, chamber works and complete String Quartets (TROY504, 540, 613 and 727) on record over the years, yet this is the first CD devoted entirely to his songs, though he wrote nearly 100 of them. The songs range in emotion from the sweetly lyrical and wistfully elegiac to the humorously satirical and ironic, from plaintive innocence to homespun world-weariness, from mysterious enigma to heart-rending poignancy, from compassion with souls in torment to the need for humans to connect with others even though the connection may be painful, and from deceptive quasi-simplicity to unearthly and nearly orchestral passion and power. All but one are in English and encompass the full poetic gamut of human emotion and experience. Soprano Helene Williams and pianist Leonard Lehrman have collaborated on performances in Amsterdam, Paris, Germany, the United States, as well as song recitals on CD. This, their first Albany release, is a wonderful memorial to an important American composer.
Contents:
David Diamond, composer
Even Though the World Keeps Changing
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
As Life what is so Sweet
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Anniversary in a Country Cemetery
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Souvent j'ai dit à mon mari
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Sister Jane
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
My Little Mother
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
I Have Longed to Move Away
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Music, when soft voices die
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Somewhere
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Epitaph
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
My Spirit Will Not Haunt The Mound
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
This World Is Not My Home
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
The Shepherd Boy Sings in the Valley of Humiliation
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Brigid's Song
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Be Music, Night
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Chatterton
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Love Is More
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
My Papa's Waltz
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Homage to Paul Klee
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
I Am Rose
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Don't Cry
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

David Diamond, composer
Hebrew Melodies
Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano

Review:
"Williams...brings to the performance of these songs real musical intelligence, a natural performer's instinct and a marvelous clarity of diction." (Musicweb.com)
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