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A long overdue recording of songs by Paul Creston, one of America's foremost composers of the mid-20th century.

Paul Creston (1906-1985) was one of America's most important and influential composers of the mid-20th century. He earned ample attention for his orchestral compositions, but his songs — many of which are unpublished — remain little known. This recording offers a wide introduction to Creston's vocal music, bringing to light pieces for solo voice that have languished in obscurity. Soprano Rebecca Sherburn is an active chamber musician, having been featured by the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and the New York New Music Group. Her scholarly work has been published by the NATS Journal of Singing and the ACDA Choral Journal. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ms. Sherburn is on the faculty at Chapman University. Prior to this appointment she was at the University of Missouri Kansas City where she received an excellence in teaching award.
Contents:
Paul Creston, composer
Cantilena from Sadhana, Op. 11
Rebecca Sherburn, soprano; Patricia Higdon, piano

Paul Creston, composer
Bird of the Wilderness, Op. 2
Rebecca Sherburn, soprano; Patricia Higdon, piano

Paul Creston, composer
Thanatopses—Four Songs to Death, Op. 7
Rebecca Sherburn, soprano; Patricia Higdon, piano

Paul Creston, composer
Ave Maria, Op. 52
Rebecca Sherburn, soprano; Patricia Higdon, piano

Paul Creston, composer
Psalm 23, Op. 37
Rebecca Sherburn, soprano; Patricia Higdon, piano

Paul Creston, composer
The Lamb to the lambs, Op. 47
Rebecca Sherburn, soprano; Patricia Higdon, piano

Paul Creston, composer
Dance Variations for Voice and Orchestra, Op. 30
Rebecca Sherburn, soprano; UMKC Conservatory Chamber Orchestra; Robert Olson, conductor

Paul Creston, composer
French Canadian Folk Songs
Rebecca Sherburn, soprano; Patricia Higdon, piano; Joan Sommers, accordion

Paul Creston, composer
Lullaby
Rebecca Sherburn, soprano; UMKC Conservatory Chamber Orchestra; Robert Olson, conductor

Paul Wedge, composer (Paul Creston)
It's So Fantastic
Rebecca Sherburn, soprano; Karen Kushner, piano

Paul Wedge, composer (Paul Creston)
My Love For You
Rebecca Sherburn, soprano; Karen Kushner, piano

Review:
“The songs are varied and imaginative, and the performances here are quite good. …I enjoyed this program. It’s a worthwhile purchase for lovers of American song.” (Ameri-can Record Guide)

"The imagination, melodic inspiration, harmonic ingenuity and, above all, [Creston's] strong internal rhythmic pulse that mark his symphonies are to be found in this collection of songs." (Fanfare)