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Secret And Divine Signs

by Michael Slattery & Craig Urquhart

A unique vision forged by two artists: lyric art songs set against a canvas of solo piano pieces.
Genre: Classical: Art songs
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1. Streamwalker (Introduction)
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2. Here the Frailest Leaves of Me (Inspired By Whitman)
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3. Sometimes With One I Love (Inspired By Whitman)
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4. O You Whom I Often and Silently Come (Inspired By Whitman)
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5. I'll Tell You How the Sun Rose (Inspired By Dickinson)
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6. Pas De Deux
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7. Split the Lark (Inspired By Dickinson)
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8. Vesper Hymn
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9. Among the Multitude (Inspired By Whitman)
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10. Far from Love (Inspired By Dickinson)
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11. Venetian Snowfall
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12. Sleeping Rose (Inspired By Draddy)
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13. The Dalliance of Eagles
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14. Piano (Inspired By D. H. Lawrence)
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15. Across the Fields (Inspired By Hesse)
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16. Secret Spaces
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17. Adrift, a Little Boat Adrift! (Inspired By Dickinson)
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18. On This Wondrous Sea (Inspired By Dickinson)
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19. The Awakening
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20. It's All I Have to Bring Today- (an American Blessing) (Inspired By Dickinson)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The collaboration between Urquhart and Slattery began after the composer heard the tenor sing “Maria” from West Side Story in a Paris concert devoted to the music of Leonard Bernstein. Urquhart, who had a close musical relationship with the late composer, felt he was hearing for the first time the voice he had been composing for all along. The culminating CD reflects a unique vision forged by the two artists: the synergy between lyric art songs set against a canvas of solo piano pieces. The songs take their verse from poems by Emily Dickinson, Ron Draddy, Hermann Hesse, D. H. Lawrence, and Walt Whitman. Interspersed between the songs are a selection of solo piano works, which create a bridge of shared melodic themes between groups of vocal pieces. Although Urquhart had written many of the works prior to meeting Slattery, two of the album’s solo piano works –– “Venetian Snowfall” and “Secret Spaces” –– were written specifically for the CD after the artists began working together. 

“It was a joy collaborating with Michael and sharing our ideas, which have resulted in a unique vision of presenting a song recital on disc,” Urquhart explains. “It was Michael’s idea to interweave my songs ‘without words’ and the songs ‘with words,’ creating a unified program that I believe creates a satisfying listening journey.” 



Musicweb International:



“Significantly, Craig Urquhart worked as a musical assistant to Leonard Bernstein for a number of years and there is the same sense of approachability to his music. The share the facility to make an original setting of words and richly sinewed music sound deceptively simple… Michael Slattery, has a fine, clear voice, secure throughout the wide range demanded by these pieces, and beautifully modulated. The recital also has the obvious advantage that the composer plays the piano, and his solo pieces, interspersed between the songs, give equal pleasure.”

Five stars, BBC Music Magazine 


"-the songs of Urquhart, with their seamless tonal melodies and rippling 
keyboard accompaniments...the unrelenting beauty of Slattery's lyric tenor voice...heart-melting immediacy...The listener is transported into a state of tranquil contemplation." 



Five Stars, Classic FM Magazine

"Love poems both of excitement and disillusionment, anticipation and memory, receive well-judged settings and accomplished performances, and the results make for rewarding listening." 



Craig Urquhart’s songs have been performed and recorded by Thomas Hampson, Lauren Wagner, and other artists. His last recording, Streamwalker, was honored in the Contemporary Instrumental Top Twenty of 2004 by Michael Debbage of Wind and Wire. Craig’s five previous recordings include: Streamwalker (2004); Evocation (2000); Epitaphs and Portraits (1994); The Dream of the Ancient Ones (1993), and Songs Without Words (1990). Urquhart has also toured throughout the word, and in April he performed to sold-out audiences during a recital tour of Japan. To know more about Craig, please visit craigurquhart.com. 



Since graduating from Juilliard, Michael Slattery has enjoyed an exciting international career. He has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, the French National Orchestra in Paris, the Akademie für Alte Musik in Berlin, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall. Career highlights include Peter Sellars' Tristan Project at Lincoln Center, the title role in Bernstein's Candide at Royal Festival Hall in London, and Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at the Châtelet Theater in Paris, the Staatsoper in Berlin, and at Glimmerglass. He was recently included in The Spectator's list of tenor "Heroes of the Concert Hall." To know more about Michael, please visit michaelslattery.com.




Executive Producer Melanne Mueller, Avie Records

Produced by Craig Urquhart, Michael Slattery
Engineer-Scott Petito / 

Piano Technician-Alexander Ostrovsky

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John Bayless

From the opening notes of the piano, I was hooked. Music that transports you to
Craig Urquhart has a masterful way of establishing a mood and character from the first notes he plays. People could learn from this!! These short songs are full of meaning and emotion. For me the text is enhanced and uplifted. It becomes a very personal experience for the listener. I really love what I hear and the integrity behind each piece.
Michael Slattery is a beautiful singer with understanding of this special material. Secret and Divine Signs should not be a secret. Tell everyone!!!
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Mark Mandenberg

Beauty and emotion expressed in simplicity
Craig's music is stunning on this cd. Beauty and emotion expressed through simplicity. The marvelous voice of Michael Slattery compliments Craig's music making a peaceful, thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. I often put this cd on at day's end as I fall asleep. Check it out.
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Tony Stone

great album, 2 very talented artists
I have not heard anything from Craig that is not fantasic. This is the first vocal music I have heard from him and it is as great as his solo piano music. I studied voice and my speciality was the American Art Song. I wish I would have had songs like that back then. Micheal has the perfect voice for these voice.
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Kathy Parsons

Gorgeous Piano and Vocals!
I have been a fan of Craig Urquhart’s solo piano albums for quite some time. When we did an interview several years ago for Solo Piano Publications and my own “Pianotes” newsletter, he was obviously very passionate about his performances of “art songs” as well as his own solo work. These art songs are Urquhart’s original music set to the poetry that inspires the music. He says that as a composer, he writes the music with a certain type of performance in mind. When he heard tenor Michael Slattery sing Leonard Bernstein’s “Maria” at his European debut in Paris, Urquhart felt that he had finally found the perfect voice for his songs. Slattery was very familiar with Urquhart’s music, as his CDs were often passed around the hallways of Juilliard, where Slattery recently graduated. They began a collaboration in early 2005, and Slattery suggested that Urquhart intersperse some of his solo work between the songs to continue the mood or introduce a somewhat different tone. The inclusion of the solos was a brilliant idea that makes this CD unique in that it isn’t just solo piano or just vocal selections. Urquhart’s music tends to be very spare, elegant, and expressive, and Slattery mirrors that approach with his powerful but very sensitive voice. With the piano being the only accompaniment to the vocals, the pieces are more like duets. The poems that were set to music are by Walt Whitman (4), Emily Dickinson (6), Ron Draddy (1), D.H. Lawrence (1), and Hermann Hesse (1). The lyrics are in the liner notes, as are the words of both Michael Slattery and Craig Urquhart, and some biographical information. It’s a beautiful package and a fulfilling listening experience - over and over again. Recommended!
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Victoria Looseleaf

This is a must-have album
Craig Urquhart's latest musical outing - this time with tenor Michael Slattery - stuns with its pure beauty, both vocally and pianistically. Setting various texts - from Dickinson to Whitman and D. H. Lawrence and others - to the melismatic sounds of Urquhart's lush, trance-like melodies, the composer has, indeed, crafted a work for the ages. This is a must-have album that can be savored by connoisseurs of all stripes. Why Urquhart isn't a major superstar is beyond this reviewer.

Victoria Looseleaf, arts journalist and regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Performances Magazine and is the producer/host of the long- running cable access television show on the arts, "The Looseleaf Report."
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Victoria Looseleaf

This is a must-have album
Craig Urquhart's latest musical outing - this time with tenor Michael Slattery - stuns with its pure beauty, both vocally and pianistically. Setting various texts - from Dickinson to Whitman and D. H. Lawrence and others - to the melismatic sounds of Urquhart's lush, trance-like melodies, the composer has, indeed, crafted a work for the ages. This is a must-have album that can be savored by connoisseurs of all stripes. Why Urquhart isn't a major superstar is beyond this reviewer.

Victoria Looseleaf, arts journalist and regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Performances Magazine and is the producer/host of the long- running cable access television show on the arts, "The Looseleaf Report."
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Larry Allen

What can I say? The piano and voice become as one.
This is my sixth Craig Urquhart CD. A completely new experience. Although I'm not crazy about the style of singing, Michael's voice is that of an angle. And as always Craig's music is unmatched for simplicity and listenability. I wrote the following after listening to his music and emailed it to him. "Music should make sense to my hears and yours does in spades." Larry Allen 2006
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