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The Mount

by Danielle Talamantes & Henry Dehlinger

Written especially for international opera star Danielle Talamantes, "The Mount" is a new American art song by Henry Dehlinger with text by Mark Riddles from his collection of five sacred poems.
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1. The Mount
Danielle Talamantes & Henry Dehlinger
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Composed especially for international opera star Danielle Talamantes and commissioned by The Casement Fund, The Mount is a new American art song by pianist, arranger and composer Henry Dehlinger with text by conductor, choral musician and poet Mark Riddles. Based on Riddles' collection of sacred poems in which he casts famous biblical passages in remarkable sensory language, The Mount received a resounding ovation at its New York City world premiere performance on November 15, 2015 in Manhattan’s historic Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity.

The Mount is the first of a five-part art song cycle for soprano and piano and draws inspiration from the mystical vision of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor recounted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The ecumenical spirit and interfaith nature of Riddles' text may also draw the listener to another dramatic setting from the Hebrew Bible - Mount Horeb, the “Mountain of God” on which, according to the book of Deuteronomy, the Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God.

The Mount's elegant melodic line and use of Phrygian dominant scales evoke the powerful chants of Jewish liturgical music or deep song (cante jondo) of Spain's Moorish past. At The Mount's climactic summit midway through the piece, Talamantes soars above Dehlinger's sweeping arpeggios, then shifts to a lyric pianissimo as she sings Riddles' beautiful verse.

The original composition was commissioned by The Casement Fund of New York through its Triad Grant, which is awarded each year to three artists – a vocalist, composer and lyricist. Talamantes, Dehlinger and Riddles were the award recipients for 2015. This world premiere recording, available as a digital download, is a Candlewood Digital Natural Presence Technology™ recording: produced, edited and mastered by GRAMMY winner Richard Price and engineered by GRAMMY nominee Wayne Hileman.

“It’s not often that a fortunate opera-goer witnesses the birth of a star!” notes a San Francisco review of soprano Danielle Talamantes. UK’s Gramophone Magazine is equally effusive, “Talamantes shines radiantly,” and “Talamantes is superb.” Ms. Talamantes has been a featured soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, National Philharmonic Chorale & Orchestra, United States Army Band and Chorus, Oratorio Society of Virginia, Nashville Symphony, Choralis, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. A native of Northern Virginia, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in a sold-out solo recital in 2007 and went on to earn a spot on the Metropolitan Opera roster in the spring of 2011. She made her stage debut as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen in a return to The Met in 2015, as well as a return to the National Philharmonic for both Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate Jubilate. Additional highlights from recent seasons include a debut at Alice Tulley Hall as the soprano soloist in the world premiere of Bob Chilcott’s Requiem, the soprano lead in a world premiere production of Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood with the National Philharmonic in Washington D.C., Elijah with the Blacksburg Master Chorale, Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the City Choir of Washington, and a debut of the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème.

Hailed by UK’s Gramophone Magazine for his “exquisite piano-playing” and “vibrantly colorful palette,” Henry Dehlinger is a widely acclaimed American concert pianist, recording artist, composer and music arranger. ConcertoNet.com praises him as "an experienced and versatile soloist.” MusicWeb International admires his "delicious piano playing," and Audiophile Audition applauds his "adroit and sparkling" performances. Dehlinger has appeared on some of the world’s leading stages from San Francisco’s War Memorial and Performing Arts Center to the White House in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared as featured soloist with The United States Army Chorus, special guest performer on Washington’s Embassy Row, and in concert for notable public officials, from the President of the United States to the Prince of Wales. Born in San Francisco, he quickly earned a reputation as a prodigious talent. By the age of eleven, he was performing with major orchestras under conductors such as Riccardo Chailly and Edo de Waart and operatic legends Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé and Georgio Tozzi. His critically acclaimed recordings on the MSR Classics label are available on Amazon.com, ArkivMusic, iTunes, and other music stores around the world.

Mark Riddles is a talented choral musician and conductor who has spearheaded and performed some of the most renowned programs of sacred music in the United States. Choral organizations under his direction are recognized for their beauty of tonal production, transparent texture, excellent intonation and lyrical sense of line. Riddles enjoys a wide range of music, and his experience includes congregations in Washington, DC, Indianapolis, New York City and Michigan. He has been affiliated with professional organizations such as the American Choral Directors Association in which he served both as state and divisional repertoire and standards chair in the area of Music and Worship. He conducts programs, presents lectures and publishes articles for chapters of the American Guild of Organists, Choral Conductor’s Guild, and other church music related organizations and publications.

Credits: Recorded November 23, 2015 at Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna, Virginia. A Candlewood Digital Natural Presence Technology™ Recording: Produced, edited and mastered by Richard Price; Engineered by Wayne Hileman. Album cover art: The Transfiguration by Raphael (1520). Album cover design: The Design Studio. Piano technician: James R. Davis.



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