William Kersten, Lori Trustman & Ferdinand von Plettenberg | Earth and Paradise; Prospice

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Earth and Paradise; Prospice

by William Kersten, Lori Trustman & Ferdinand von Plettenberg

Romantic and passionate songs based upon Victorian poets Christina Rossetti, Anne Bronte and Robert Browning sung by Lori Trustman, soprano and Ferdinand von Plettenberg, tenor, with full orchestral accompaniment.
Genre: Classical: Art songs
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1. Earth and Paradise - Song-Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 14: I. A Birthday Lori Trustman
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2. Earth and Paradise - Song-Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 14: No. 2, Echo (pt. 1) Lori Trustman
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3. Earth and Paradise - Song-Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 14: No. 2, Echo (pt. 2) Lori Trustman
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4. Earth and Paradise - Song-Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 14: No. 2, Echo (pt.3) Lori Trustman
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5. Earth and Paradise - Song-Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 14: No. 3, My Soul is Awakened Lori Trustman
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6. Earth and Paradise - Song-Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 14: No. 4, There is dew Lori Trustman
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7. Earth and Paradise - Song-Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 14: No. 5, We do lie beneath the grass Lori Trustman
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8. Earth and Paradise - Song-Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 14: No. 6, Paradise (pt. 1) Lori Trustman
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9. Earth and Paradise - Song-Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 14: No. 6, Paradise (pt. 2) Lori Trustman
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10. Earth and Paradise - Song-Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 14: No. 6, Paradise (pt. 3) Lori Trustman
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11. Earth and Paradise - Song-Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 14: No. 6, Paradise: IV. Lori Trustman
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12. Prospice for Tenor and Orchestra, Op. 24 (pt. 1) Lori Trustman
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13. Prospice for Tenor and Orchestra, Op. 24: II. Lori Trustman
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14. Prospice for Tenor and Orchestra, Op. 24: III. Lori Trustman
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The poems of "Earth and Paradise" are by the Victorians Christina Rossetti and Anne Bronte, as well as the Romantics Thomas Beddoes and Thomas Hood. These are texts which transcend the often-criticized sentimentality of the time and evoke a strong emotion. Rossetti, famous for her elegiac poetry, nevertheless was capable of the innocent exuberance of "A Birthday." And Anne Bronte, the least known of the Bronte's literary talents, demonstates in "My Soul is Awakened" a directness and power of expression never surpassed by her more famous sisters. The entire cycle forms a changing picture of earthly joys, sorrow and death balanced on the one side by the first five depictions of "Earth" - romantic love and loss, nature in both joyous and pastoral images, and death; and on the other side by Rossetti's mysterious and ecstatic dream-vision in the long last song, "Paradise."

"Prospice" is based upon the poem by Robert Browning, and shows the powerful, heroic side of the great poet in the face of the death of his wife, Elizabeth Barrett. The composition of the song took several years due to Browning's characteristic combination of strong emotional expression with complexity of meter.

"With Earth and Paradise, a song cycle inspired by poetry of the Victorian era, William Kersten's music, always interesting and provocative, has become a rarity; it has shed any hints of being derivative, and has stepped, by virtue of its originality and freshness, across an important threshold into the realm of elegantly crafted, inspired art..."
- from the Nevada State Journal review of the Reno Chamber Orchestra premiere, 1992


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Denise Smith

Music of power and beauty
Kersten’s music expresses every emotion with power, intensity and lasting impact. His melodies are sweeping and passionate, haunting and dreamlike; his orchestrations superbly crafted with rich textures and masterful use of color. Each song of Earth and Paradise is a jewel in itself, together they form a work which is as good as anything ever written in the genre.

Errikos

Inspired and enchanting
"Scarcely can one find a song-cycle where inspiration and interest are maintained at the same high level throughout the work. Scarce also is to find such songs where the composer has managed to relate to every poem so intuitively - not merely setting it to music, and capture and enrich every textual mood and notion in his music. William Kersten's understanding and love of language are uninhibitedly prevalent in his considerable symphonic choices and varied textures, for every subtle meaning or syllabic nuance. I was listening to the masterful and intimate 'Echo' the first couple of times and - being a composer myself - I regretted William's choice of repeating the soprano's line "As sunlight on a stream" (and at the exact same place in the next stanza) in the orchestra, thus cutting the beautiful melodic flow of his line. Only later did it occur to me that the word 'echo' does not appear once in the poem... It was William Kersten's admirable sensibility that included the title of the poem in the music with such subtlety; the orchestra echoing the soprano every time at the climactic points of her tessitura in that song.

It is such ineffable treasures that are abundant in this musical offering, as well as the tragic 'Prospice', which is a much darker, intense, quasi rhapsodic work. All the evocative, powerful memories expressed in this poem, are conjured by a marvellously programmatic score that stimulates vivid images from Browning's clenching verse. The last three lines where 'light' is finally glimpsed, the feelings of release, love, and tenderness are truthfully communicated - not simulated, and the authority and climax of the last few bars are seldom encountered in the entire lied tradition.

Both singers are wonderfully expressive, Trustman being appropriately ethereal and angelic, and Plettenberg grippingly dramatic and poignant. His final, passionate, and heroically held high C#, will ring in the memory of everybody that buys this almost incredible CD, for a very long time after.

Here's to this music finding its rightful way into the great concert halls, for it fully deserves it."

Vicki Trimble

Instant calm and reverie
The melodies are pleasingly dissident and difficult. Both artists are meticulous. Lori Trustman's unique timbre and interpretation are extraordinary.

John Baril


It's a fun, evocative piece, reminiscent of another time, with quite lovely singing from Ms. Trustman.

Cynthia Flores

Entrancing to the last note!
It was beautiful and stirring! Lori Trustman\'s voice was absolutely entrancing to the very last note! It touched my soul!

Ron and Karen Cox

Absolutely superb - you know you are my favorite soprano!!
Beautiful, melodic, superb, wonderful, awesome - Ron and Karen Cox

Michele de Boucaud

Gorgeous!
Ethereal! Lori sounds like an angel from Heaven. Broadway missed the proverbial boat by not signing her on.....