Janeanne Houston | The Shining Place

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The Shining Place

by Janeanne Houston

Songs for our time by living American composers. All but two of the songs are world premiere recordings. The poetry is collectively a meditation of the self in time;in the light, the here and now, and the hereafter.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. The Shining Place
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2. A Letter
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3. How the Waters Closed
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4. Wild Nights
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5. There Came a Wind Like a Bugle
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6. There's a Certain Slant of Light
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7. Brooks
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8. Let it Be You
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9. Wind Elegy
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10. Barter
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11. Let it Be Forgotten
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12. There Will Be Rest
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13. The Rose and the Nightingale
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14. Slumber Song
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15. Everyone Sang
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16. Then
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17. The Vale of Feathers
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18. Together We Celebrate Love
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19. How Sweet
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20. Late Evening
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21. A Winter Night
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22. Old Tunes
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23. In Just-Spring
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24. Little Child
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25. In Time Of
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26. All Worlds
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Once again, soprano Janeanne Houston and pianist Robert Jorgensen have collaborated on an exemplary collection of modern art songs, featuring the work of some of our finest current composers…these are approachable, accessible songs that are highly expressive and largely tonal. And yet this does not feel like a safe or especially conservative collection.
Janeanne Houston’s soprano is a brilliant yet rich instrument which she has under excellent technical control through even the most challenging passages...Houston has a technique that allows her to sing these songs with impressive expressiveness and ease, even when the melodic line is at its most angular. As for the timbre of the voice, it displays a radiant shimmer reminiscent of Spanish soprano Pilar Lorengar, and also sounds a bit like Beverly Sills in her prime. The tone always sounds fully alive, and Houston knows how to draw the voice through even the most complex phrases. Robert Jorgensen is a superb pianist and sensitive accompanist, and he rises to every interpretive and technical challenge as though every song were written with him in mind." - THE JOURNAL OF SINGING, Gregory Berg, November/December, 2006


"The Shining Place," Janeanne Houston (Elmgrove Productions): On this new CD from this polished and very communicative soprano, Houston continues her stellar discography.

With oboist Shannon Spicciati and pianist Robert Jorgenson, Houston's clear, high-flying voice is right on target in readings of contemporary songs, many of them of an elegiac nature. Lee Hoiby's settings of Emily Dickinson poetry (the title song set) are especially fine; songs of Lori Laitman and Stephen Paulus are also among the more exceptional tracks. Houston, who teaches at Pacific Lutheran University, has another winner here." - SEATTLE TIMES, Melinda Bargreen, February 10, 2006


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