Voices Of Our Time - Dawn Upshaw

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Label: TDK RECORDINGS MEDIA EUROPE
Catalog: DVUS-VTDU
Format: DVD

Dawn Upshaw, soprano / Gil Kalish, piano

WILLAM BOLCOM (b.1938): Amor (1977)
RUTH CRAWFORD SEEGER (1901-1953): from "Five Songs" (1929) 1. Home Thoughts 4. White Moon 3. Joy
JOHN HARBISON (b.1938): Mirabai Songs (1982) It's true, I went to the market All I was doing was breathing Why Mira can't go back to her old house Where did you go? The Clouds Don't go, don't go
KAIJA SAARIAHO (b.1952): Lonh (1995/96)
LAURA ELISE SCHWENDINGER (b.1962): In Just-spring (1988)
OSVALDO GLOIJOV (b.1960): Lúa descolorida (1999)
GEROGE CRUMB (b.1929): The Sleeper (1984)
OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908-1992): from "Poèmes pour Mi" (1936) 8. Le Collier / 9. Prière exaucée from "Chants de Terre et de Ciel" (1938) 6. Résurrection
CHARLES IVES (1874-1954): Memories (1897) The Circus Band (1894)
Special Feature: Interview with Dawn Upshaw & Gil Kalish

TDK presents a DVD of Dawn Upshaw’s recital for the acclaimed VOICES OF OUR TIME series at the Théâtre Musical de Paris – Châtelet in January 2000. In this recital, at the very beginning of the 21st century, the American soprano presented 20th century American and French songs and a work by Finland’s most renowned living composer, Kaija Saariaho.
Dawn Upshaw is regarded as a consummate recitalist, she is admired for her uncommon musicality and for the unaffected beauty of her singing. As one critic wrote: "With her chaste purity of voice and impeccable musicianship, Upshaw is incapable of uttering a sound that is not beautiful or true or not invested with expressive conviction." Applauded in the opera houses of New York, Paris, Salzburg, and Vienna for her portrayals of the great Mozart roles, she is equally well known as a champion of contemporary music. She is seen as a model for a new generation of singers. Integrity and freshness of conception mark her choice of repertory and her interpretations.
Dawn Upshaw’s selection of songs for this recital reflects her great love of contemporary music and highlights her versatility, charm and ebullience. In interview sequences interspersed throughout the recital, Dawn Upshaw introduces her choice of repertoire and explains her affinity to contemporary music: “I have never felt that I am really championing music as much as it is just a great love of mine and it has always been an important part of my own musical life and my musical enjoyment and gratification.” Accompanied by pianist Gilbert Kalish, she performs songs by American songwriters Ruth Crawford Seeger, George Crumb and Charles Ives along with John Harbison’s Mirabai Songs. At the centre of the concert stands Lonh by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, who herself introduces the composition. The piece forms part of the internationally acclaimed opera “L’Amour de loin”, which was premiered later that year in Salzburg with Dawn Upshaw in the title role. She pays tribute to the great 20th century French composer Olivier Messiaen with a broad selection of his songs. The booklet provides informative background reading on the composers and music in English, German and French.

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