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Earth and Paradise: Prospice

by William Kersten

"... rapturously constructed songs set to the poems of Christina Rossetti, Anne Bronte, Thomas Hood and Thomas Beddoes, touchingly, dramatically, movingly underscores the breadth, the elegance, the sweetness of the poems." - Jack Neal
Genre: Classical: Art songs
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Birthday
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2. Echo
6:00 $0.99
3. My Soul Is Awakened
2:01 $0.99
4. There Is Dew
2:38 $0.99
5. We Do Lie Beneath the Grass
2:38 $0.99
6. Paradise
8:21 $0.99
7. Prospice
7:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Earth and Paradise," sung by soprano Lori Trustman, and "Prospice," sung by Ferdinand von Plettenberg, tenor

"It is stunning orchestral and vocal writing, clearly entrenched - as the poems are - in a lush romantic ambience which ebbs and flows with the rush of ideas and words describing the mysteries of life, death and paradise, much as Debussy's "La Mer" ebbs and flows putting the morality of man against the immortal mysteries of the sea. Soprano Lori Trustman is the perfect vocal and artistic match for Kersten's songs. Her personal style, never an affectation for its own purposes, carefully intertwines singer with song while establishing a purity of pitch and tone, and an unstressed sensuality that allows vocal flights of elation to float dramatically and hauntingly over Kersten's detailed, poetic orchestral descriptions.... these are highly dramatic songs. The trick is to combine Kersten's orchestral concepts with a vocal line which is at times the center of attention, but which at other times becomes one with the orchestra - literally a part of the orchestration. The singer of these songs cannot merely perform as a soloist with an unusually rich accompaniment, but must perform as a compatriot in an integrated concerto for voice and oorhcestra. The cycle is musically exquisite and was marvelously brought off."
- from the Reno Gazette Journal review of the premiere performance by the Reno Chamber Orchestra of "Earth and Paradise", Jan. 27, 1992



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