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Lola Williams : Mélodies. Moulton Faux, Johnson, Krumm, Tamagna, Taylor.
Format : 1 CD
Total Time : 01:03:45

Recording : 2017-2018
Location : New York
Country : Etats-Unis
Sound : Stereo

Label : New World
Catalog No. : NW80818
EAN : 0093228081821
Price Code : DM020A

Publishing Year : 2019
Release Date : 01/09/2019

Genre : Classical
Lola Williams (1913-2013)
O Mistress Mine (Shakespeare)
There's Only One Man (Mélodie populaire suisse)
Extraits de "The Tempest" (Shakespeare)
Come Unto These Tellow Sands
Where Should This Music Be ?
Full Fathom Five
Ferdinand's Solo
Our Revels Now Are Ended (Shakespeare)
The Cuckoo Sings (for Spring) (Shakespeare)
The Owl Sings (for Winter) (Shakespeare)
Celia Sings, Be Merry (Lola Williams d'après Shakespeare)
How Do I Love (Thee) You ? (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
Sonnet 116 (Shakespeare)
Fete's Song (Shakespeare)
Sigh No More, Ladies (Shakespeare)
A Sweet Lullaby (Nicholas Breton)
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind (Shakespeare)
Come Away, Death (Shakespeare)
Threnos (Romeo et Juliette) (Shakespeare)
Plot of the Fairy King (Shakespeare)
Christamas Words (Shakespeare)
Manger Scene (Lola Williams)
My Dancing Day (Cantique anglais du 17e s)

Sarah Moulton Faux, soprano
Ted Taylor, piano
Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano
Laura Krumm, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Tamagna, contreténor

Growing up in the South in the first half of the 20th century, Lola Williams (1913–2013) exhibited great musical talent at a time when women rarely were encouraged to compose, and those who did struggled to hear their works performed publicly. Williams was a serious Shakespearean scholar as well as music educator, but it was not until her retirement that she was able to fully dedicate herself to writing and composition. She quietly created a large body of art songs, mostly inspired by Shakespearean texts, for female voices—solos, duets, and trios—which she seldom shared outside of private clubs. In their melding of vernacular musical forms with classical techniques, her lyrical and tonally lush compositions are reminiscent of the music of Frederick Delius and Gustav Mahler. The immense work of Williams’s later years languished, untouched, in boxes in her son Derek Williams’s basement until he contacted Sarah Moulton Faux, an acclaimed soprano and former student, who instantly recognized its value. Faux and her long-time collaborator Ted Taylor labored over handwritten drafts, puzzling out the most complete versions, and analyzing the composer’s intent. The resulting program demonstrates Williams’s felicitous pairing of text and music, matching Shakespeare’s inimitable wit and profound verse to painterly/illustrative melodies that are fortunately preserved. This world-premiere recording features texts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet, as well as Sonnet 116. A rarity is a setting of Shakespeare’s only surviving allegorical poem, The Phoenix and the Turtle.

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