Featured Recording: Love’s Signature: Songs for Contertenor and Piano by Juliana Hall

 

 

From Gramophone:“[Juliana Hall’s] sensitivity to words is on impressive display on Love’s Signature… these songs show Hall to be a composer who savours lyrical lines and harmonies peppered with gentle spices…”

Juliana Hall’s latest recording hosts 24 songs in 3 parts, performed by countertenor Darryl Taylor, soprano Susan Narucki, pianist Donald Berman, with the composer at the piano for some tracks as well. LOVE’S SIGNATURE traverses time and space to celebrate various types of love: characters from the plays of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) reveal universal human experiences of love throughout different times in our lives; the letters of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) exemplify the love we have for those specific people in our circles who touch us more personally; and the poems of Marianne Moore (1887-1972) speak of how one’s love for an art form like music can provide inspiration and beauty to enrich life.

April 2017 recording of the month on Voix des Arts.

“One comes away from this disk with a profound appreciation for the excellence and innovation of her music as well as the hope that many more people will come to explore and enjoy it … [the composer’s] considerable skills as a pianist are on grand display…” (NATS Journal).

“The songs’ novelty is wholly organic, never contrived, and the composer perpetuates the American Art Song tradition of Beach, Barber, and Bolcom…” (Deep Roots Magazine).

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