Time And Memory
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Three supremely lyrical song cycles by Michael Rickelton.

Supremely lyrical, the vocal compositions of Michael Rickelton flow organically in careful counterpoint with the texts upon which they are based. The three cycles featured on this disc generate the emotion, tone, and discourse that make each work unique, calling to mind the tradition of Lieder and art song. An experienced composer of solo, chamber, and orchestral works, Michael Rickelton has a particularaly strong and critically acclaimed affinity for the voice as this recording so beautifully demonstrates. Rickelton studied at Lipscomb University, the École Normale de Musique, and Peabody Conservatory. He is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, the Johns Hopkins University, and Towson University.
Michael Rickelton, composer
Time and Memory: suite for voice and piano on poems of William S. Trout
James Reese, tenor; Hsiao-Ying Lin, piano

Michael Rickelton, composer
Battle Songs
Matt Sullivan, baritone; Hsiao-Ying Lin, piano

Michael Rickelton, composer
Impossible Season
Molly Young, soprano; Ta Wei Tsai, piano

"American composer Michael Rickelton is represtned in this disc by three song cycles. The composer, a performer and educator too -- he studied composition with Jerome Reed in Nashville, Tennessee -- also sings, though not here, something that clearly informs his cycles.…He draws on the poetry of the contemporary writer Dana Gioia in the final set, Impossible Season. There's a particularly beautiful setting of his poem Parts of Smmer Weather, fragrant harmonies and a nostalgia not dissimilar to that evoked in September Noon from the first cycle. Perhaps overall this cycle is less immediately distinctive than its two companions, but it does amplify Rickelton's success in landscape and seasonal settings rather as Battle Songs showed his capacity to encompass more combative elements.…If You enjoy the songs of Barber, Copland, Britten or Bolcom you may find some echoes here in Rickelton's thoughtful settings." (Music Web International)