Songs To Fill The Void
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Baritone Robert Barefield sings songs by American composers on themes of love and loss.

This collection of American art song honors two intensely personal yet universal aspects of the human experience: love and loss. The composers featured here each treat a different facet of life -- from earthly joy, to contemplation of the divine, to heady courtship, to the agony of bereavement -- but each provides testament that poetry and music, the fruits of the creative impulse, are death's very antithesis. The centerpiece of this recording, Scott Wheeler's Songs to Fill the Void, is the result of a collaboration between poet-vocalist Robert Barefield and the composer. Barefield's intimate poetry commemorates his beloved partner, Stephen Mazujian, who died in 2014, while they were vacationing in Cambodia. Baritone Robert Barefield has performed as soloist with organizations throughout the U.S. and in Europe. He has appeared with numerous opera companies and with orchestras as an oratorio soloist. An accomplished recitalist, his wide-ranging repertoire includes premiere performances of works by contemporary composers. He is on the faculty at The Hartt School. Pianist Carolyn Hague has been an active member of the musical community in Vienna, Austria for more than 30 years. She currently heads the Master's program in Lied und Oratorio at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien.
Contents:
Virgil Thomson, composer
Mostly About Love
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Charles Ives, composer
Ilmenau (Over all the Treetops)
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Charles Ives, composer
My Native Land
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Charles Ives, composer
A Night Song
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Charles Ives, composer
At the River
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Charles Ives, composer
When the Stars are in the Quiet Skies
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Scott Wheeler, composer
Songs To Fill The Void
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Theodore Chanler, composer
Three Epitaphs
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Theodore Chanler, composer
The Lamb
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Theodore Chanler, composer
Memory
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Theodore Chanler, composer
The Children
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Marion Bauer, composer
A Night on the Woods
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Marion Bauer, composer
Only of Thee and Me
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Marion Bauer, composer
Phillis
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Marion Bauer, composer
The Epitaph of a Butterfly
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Marion Bauer, composer
A Parable - The Blade of Grass
Robert Barefield, baritone; Carolyn Hague, piano

Review:
"…Barefield's voice is robust and glowing. His singing is very expressive and his diction lucid…" (American Record Guide)

"A glorious celebration of American song, this collection of art songs concentrates on love and loss.…This is a remarkably touching collection, and one that is impeccably delivered. The recording, made in January 2016 in the Kaisersaal, Vienna, Austria, is excellent throughout." (Fanfare)

"Robert Barefield's album Songs to Fill the Void is a deeply enriching recital of American songs. Barefield's baritone is a passionate and telling instrument, which he uses with intelligence and marvelous expressiveness…Barefield is beautifully accompanied by Caroly Hague. So splendid is her performane that one never senses that Barefield's interpretation ends at one place and hers begins at aonther.…This album is one of the most touching musical experiences I've had in a long time. For anyone who has encountered love and loss, Barefield's program will give expression to some of the deepest feelings life can evoke." (Fanfare)
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