BARBARA HARBACH (b.1946): The Music of, Vol. 5 - Abigail! for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Harp and String Trio, Pleasure Flow, Tender Mist for Soprano and Piano, Emily! for Soprano, E-Flat Trumpet and Piano, Light out of Darkness for Soprano and Piano, Cherish - Caress for Soprano and Cello, Pioneer Women: from Skagway to White Mountain for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano, Twenty-first Century Pioneer for Soprano and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 01L085
Label: MSR Classics
Reference: MS 1255
Description: As in the ensemble works on the accompanying disc this month, Harbach admiringly memorializes women of historical significance in these works for soprano and various instrumental combinations - Abigail, wife of President John Adams; Emily Dickinson, Helen Keller and four female American pioneers all appear here. The song medium allows Harbach's melodic gifts full rein, while her refined harmonic sensibilities in a resolutely tonal, attractively accessible idiom provide rich and memorable context for the eloquent projection of her carefully chosen, emotionally expressive texts. Texts included. Stella Markou (soprano), Various artists, James Richards (conductor).