These intimate song concerts feature Gregg's acclaimed settings of poems by Emily Dickinson, Clementine Von Radics, Christina Rossetti, Sara Teasdale, Elinor Wylie, Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, and William Butler Yeats, paired with fresh takes on classic art songs and new arrangements of folk songs. Gregg has performed and recorded with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, soprano Melody Moore, mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala, tenor Matthew Polenzani, baritone Joshua Jeremiah, baritone Matthew Worth, and others.
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HE WISHES FOR THE CLOTHS OF HEAVEN
w/mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala
poem by William Butler Yeats
but not to me
w/soprano Melody Moore
poem by Sara Teasdale
GREGG’S ARRANGEMENTS OF
“SLEIGH RIDE” AND “MY FAVORITE THINGS”
w/mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano
GREGG’S improvised ARRANGEMENT OF
“black is the color of my true love’s hair”
w/mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala
The Tell-Tale Heart is the premiere recording of Kallor’s acclaimed adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's chilling short story, performed by the composer with soprano Melody Moore and cellist Joshua Roman, recorded by GRAMMY®-winning producer Adam Abeshouse. A celebration of music and literature, the album also features the first recording of Kallor’s eleven new song-settings of poems by Sara Teasdale, Elinor Wylie, Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, William Butler Yeats, as well as the young phenomenon Clementine Von Radics' "A Prayer," which Moore premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2016.
Exhilaration - Dickinson and Yeats Songs is the premiere recording of Kallor's acclaimed song-cycles of poems by Emily Dickinson and William Butler Yeats, sung by mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala. The album also features Kallor's setting of Christina Rossetti's poem "Song," and a "Lullaby" with lyrics by GRAMMY®-winner Herschel Garfein.
The right words can clarify, heighten, and define our sensations in a way that gives them deeper and more lasting meaning. It’s exhilarating to find those words conveyed so eloquently, so poignantly, so perfectly in the works of Emily Dickinson, Clementine von Radics, Christina Rossetti, Sara Teasdale, Elinor Wylie, Stephen Crane, William Butler Yeats, Mark Twain, and others. These poets speak to me; they speak for me. They make me feel that I’m not alone.
The specificity and intimacy of setting words to music has deepened my connection to the extraordinary work of these poets; sharing these songs deepens my connection to those of you who are kind enough to give me a few moments of your focused attention – for which I am so grateful. I hope that this music speaks to you.
Emily Dickinson once asked, “Do I paint it natural?” I have tried to preserve, as much as possible, the unique voice of this extraordinary poet. I hope these songs paint it natural.
A man said to the universe
In the desert
I saw a man pursuing the horizon
Think as I think
Exhilaration is the Breeze
It bloomed and dropt, a Single Noon -
Bee! I'm expecting you!
We Cover Thee - Sweet Face -
Wild Nights - Wild Nights!
What Inn is this
Still own thee - still thou art -
Exhilaration - is within -
ROBERT RICHARDSON, adapted by MARK TWAIN
Warm Summer Sun
But Not To Me
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Ribh In Ecstasy
He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
The Lady's First Song
When You Are Old
A Drunken Man's Praise of Sobriety