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Ariel: For Soprano, Clarinet and Piano

by Ned Rorem / Phyllis Curtin, soprano

Ned Rorem (vol.4) ARIEL, GLORIA, KING MIDAS. Phyllis Curtin, soprano, Helen Vanni, mezzo-soprano, Ryan Edwards/Anne Schein, piano
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1. The Music of Ned Rorem: Ariel 5 poems by Sylvia Plath) Words
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2:49 album only
2. Poppies in July
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3:43 album only
3. The Hanging Man
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4. Poppies in October
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2:52 album only
5. Lady Lazarus
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5:41 album only
6. Gloria for Two Voices and Piano
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7. King Midas - A Cantata for Voices and Piano
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Album Notes

Ned Rorem Ariel (Five Poems of Sylvia Plath)
Gloria (For Two Voices and Piano)
King Midas (A Cantata for Voices and Piano)

Phyllis Curtin, soprano Ariel (Five Poems of Sylvia Plath)
Ryan Edwards, piano
Joseph Rabbai, clarinet
Phyllis Curtin, soprano Gloria (For Two Voices and Piano)
Helen Vanni, mezzo-soprano
Ned Rorem, piano
John Stewart, tenor King Midas (A Cantata for Voices and Piano)
Anne Schein, piano

"Ariel" was a gift to my friend Phyllis Curtin. the cycle was composed in New York during May, 1971, and first performed by Phyllis Curtin, with clarinetist David Glazer and pianist Ryan Edwards, at the library of Congress in Washington on November 26. Ariel is a setting of five poems of Sylvia Plath.

"Gloria" was composed during May and June of 1970, in new York and at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. It is a gift to all singers who bemoan the lack of duets. These nine Latin songs are only part of an unending series I am projecting, for various pairings and combinations, of varying difficulty, trios and quartets and-why not?-vocal octets, mostly in England, and mostly for the fun of it. The first performance took place on James Holmes' Chapel Concerts Series, on November 26, 1972, when Phyllis Curtin was joined by mezzo helen Vanni, and by the composer at the piano, at the Chapel of the Intercession in New York City.

"King Midas", a cycle of ten songs for two voices alternating, was composed in Paris during the late spring of 1961 (except for "The Princess' Song" which was written in 1956 and published as "See How They Love Me). The first complete performance was given on March 11, 1962 at the fourth and final Rorem-Flanagan recital in Carnegie Recital Hall, by tenor David Lloyd, soprano Veronica Tyler, with the composer at the piano.

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Tamara Turner, CD Baby

This stunning release from Eroica Classical Recordings, CD Baby's top classical label, is one of many gems we have received lately with great excitement. This particular album features music of one of America's most notable and followed living composers and diarists, Ned Rorem. His "Ariel" for soprano, clarinet and piano, "Gloria" for two voices and piano as well as the "King Midas' cantata for voices and piano are brought to life on this disc, giving a broad and dramatic experience of his special knack for songs and song setting, of which he is highly regarded. Directed and powered by the commanding and yet intensely elegant voice of Phyllis Curtin, this is a disc that, no doubt, belongs in many a classical library. When you have thoroughly soaked in the magic of this disc, we'd also like to invite you to go to Eroica's other album of Rorem's on CD Baby, "Day Music, Night Music."