During her distinguished career, Carole Bogard specialized in singing two quite different types of music. On her previous Parnassus release (“Carole Bogard Sings Baroque Cantatas and Arias” PACD 96020), we resurrected some of her best Baroque performances. Here, Parnassus is pleased to present a superb collection of American songs, half of them previously unpublished, and in two cases accompanied by the composers.
“Carole Bogard: A Collection of American Songs” includes major song cycles of John Alden Carpenter, Aaron Copland, and Ned Rorem, all accompanied by the distinguished pianist and conductor John Moriarty. Groups of songs by John Duke and Richard Cumming feature the composers as pianists. In a group of songs by the late William Flanagan, the pianist is the famous composer David del Tredici, here making a rare appearance as a performer.
This set, one of the most extensive collections of American art song on CD, presents many otherwise-unavailable songs (only those of Copland can be considered “standard repertory”). They are sung by one of the most distinguished interpreters this literature has ever had. Ned Rorem considers her, as quoted in the booklet, one of the “three American singers of importance to the agonizing art song.”
The songs by Flanagan, Duke, and Cumming were previously released on now-scarce LPs by the Desto and Cambridge labels. The songs of Carpenter, Copland, and Rorem, from European broadcasts, are all previously unpublished.
The accompanying booklet includes extensive program notes and complete texts of all the songs.
JOHN ALDEN CARPENTER:
Two Poems by Siegfried Sassoon
Gitanjali (song offerings) by Rabindranath Tagore
John Moriarty, piano
Songs to portions of From the Sea by Sara Teasdale
Six Poems by Emily Dickinson
Four Poems by e.e. cummings
John Duke, piano
As Dew in April (anon. 14th c. English)
Two Poems by William Blake
Heart, we will forget him by Emily Dickinson
Three Poems by Philip Minor
Richard Cumming, piano
with Beth Orson, oboe
Theodore Mook, cello
Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
John Moriarty, piano
Cycle from Time’s Long Ago! by Herman Melville
Three Poems by Howard Moss
Good-bye My Fancy by Walt Whitman
David Del Tredici, piano
with R. Sullivan, guitar
Four Poems by Tennyson
John Moriatry, piano.
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