A Strange, Wild Song
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Art songs and song cycles by the esteemed composer Libby Larsen.

Soprano Rebecca Wascoe Hays is an avid promoter of contemporary American composers and her enthusiasm is evident in this recording of music by the esteemed composer Libby Larsen. Wascoe Hays has chosen two major works (The Magdalene and De Toda La Eternidad) interspersed with two arias from Larsen's operas and two songs. The Magdalene is a setting of Chapter 33 verses 1-12, 14-18 and 30-35 from the Pistis Sophia, a Gnostic text that comes from the third century. De Toda La Eternidad is a song cycle sung by a lover caught in an agonizing suspension of time — a time in which the lover perceives everything from beginning to end, even before the affair begins. Ms. Wascoe Hays has twice been a winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Award and has been recognized as a finalist or semi-finalist in many international competitions. She is on the faculties of Texas Tech University and Music in the Marche. Her collaborator, pianist Jeffrey Peterson, has appeared in recitals and master classes on five continents. His concert and recital appearances have taken him around the world.
Contents:
Libby Larsen, composer
The Magdalene
Rebecca Wascoe Hays, soprano; Jeffrey Peterson, piano

Libby Larsen, composer
Pretty Girl
Rebecca Wascoe Hays, soprano; Jeffrey Peterson, piano

Libby Larsen, composer
A Strange Wild Song
Rebecca Wascoe Hays, soprano; Gregory Brookes, baritone; Jeffrey Peterson, piano

Libby Larsen, composer
Little Birds
Rebecca Wascoe Hays, soprano; Quinn Patrick Ankrum, mezzo-soprano; Jeffrey Peterson, piano

Libby Larsen, composer
Prostitute's Aria
Rebecca Wascoe Hays, soprano; Jeffrey Peterson, piano

Libby Larsen, composer
De Toda La Eternidad
Rebecca Wascoe Hays, soprano; Jeffrey Peterson, piano

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