Cosmic & Domestic Matters
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Two commissioned works highlight this recording of song repertoire by American composers.

Since its inception the Mirror Visions Ensemble has explored song repertoire from a number of angles. The initial interest was the back-to-back performance of multiple settings of a single text, leading to programs built around favorite portraits. This has been followed by musical travelogues and concerts at museums that feature music with a connection to the exhibit or museum. During the last decade, the ensemble has commissioned 69 new works, two of which are presented on this recording. Berg's Lincoln Letters is set to texts more personal than political, while Hagen's Songs from Dear Youth are set to letters from the Civil War. Platt's From Noon To Starry Night is a cantata based on a selection of Walt Whitman's poems, including the roughneck Whitman, the democratic Whitman, the transcendentalist Whitman, Whitman the "lover of comrades," and Whitman the bard of war.
Christopher Berg, composer
Lincoln Letters
Scott Murphree, tenor, Richard Lalli, baritone, Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Daron Hagen, composer
Songs from Dear Youth
Tobé Malawista, soprano, Jane Shelly, flute, Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Russell Platt, composer
From Noon to Starry Night: A Walt Whitman Cantata
Jody Sheinbaum, soprano, Tobé Malawista, speaker, Scott Murphree, tenor, Richard Lalli, baritone, Alan Darling, tenor

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