Vivian Montgomery: Reviving Song: Spirited Works By Fanny Mendelssohn

Pamela Dellal: Reviving Song: Spirited Works By Fanny Mendelssohn
Title: Reviving Song: Spirited Works By Fanny Mendelssohn
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Reviving Song Spirited Works by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Héléne Montgeroult & Louis Spohr Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano Diane Heffner, period clarinet Vivian Montgomery, fortepiano A Women and Music Project Production from the Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University Sechs deutsche Lieder für eine Singstimme, Klarinette, und Klavier, op. 103 (Six German Songs for Voice, Clarinet, and Piano) Louis (Ludwig) Spohr 1784-1859 1. Sei still, mein Herz 5:48 2. Zwiegesang 2:17 3. Sehnsucht 3:49 4. Wiegenlied 3:23 5. Das heimliche Lied 4:58 6. Wach auf! 2:52 Sonata III in F minor, Opus 1 Heléne Nervo de Montgeroult 7. I Maestoso con espressione 8:34 1764-1836 8. II Allegro agitato 8:54 Lieder Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel 9. Suleika 2:56 1805-1847 10. Verlust 1:26 11. Die Mainacht 3:45 12. Dein ist mein Herz 2:43 13. Wandrers Nachtlied 2:59 14. Zauberkreis 2:56 Total duration 58:28 Recorded at Brandeis University's Slosberg Recital Hall, January 2010. Performed on the Brandeis Joseph Worel fortepiano, Vienna (1835), restored by Keith Hill and a copy of a clarinet by H.Grenser, Dresden (1810), made by Daniel Bangham. Engineered and edited by Frank Cunningham. Fortepiano tuning and maintenance by Tim Hamilton. Funded by the WSRC Women and Music Project. Special thanks to Dr. Liane Curtis, Dr. Shula Reinharz, and the Brandeis University Department of Music, with particular gratitude for the spirit of Mary Ruth Ray. Cover art by Lil McGill. In memory of Ruth Shimony Montgomery. ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano, has enjoyed a distinguished career as an acclaimed soloist and recitalist. She has appeared in Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall, and premiered a Harbison chamber work in New York, San Francisco, Boston and London. Ms. Dellal has received critical acclaim for performances of Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's C-minor Mass, and Bach's B-minor Mass, St. Matthew and St. John Passions. Operatic appearances include leading roles in the operas Alcina, Albert Herring, Dido and Aeneas, La Clemenza di Tito, Così Fan Tutte, Vanessa, The Rape of Lucretia, and Winter's Tale. She has been featured by the Handel and Haydn Society, Aston Magna, The Boston Early Music Festival, Tokyo Oratorio Society, Opera Company of Boston, the National Chamber Orchestra, Boston Baroque, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and the Dallas Bach Society, appearing in concert in major cities in Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan. Known for her work with Renaissance and Baroque chamber music, Ms. Dellal has appeared multiple times with the Boston Early Music Festival, Ensemble Chaconne and the Musicians of the Old Post Road, and is a current member of the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir. With Sequentia Ms. Dellal has made numerous recordings of the music of Hildegard von Bingen. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, she has been a regular guest with the Boston ensembles Dinosaur Annex and Boston Musica Viva, premiering works by Boykan, Brody, Lomon, Wheeler, and others. She has been a regular soloist in the renowned Bach Cantata series presented by Emmanuel Music since 1984, having performed almost all 200 of Bach's sacred cantatas. She has over twenty-five recordings to her credit, on the Artona, BMG, CRI, Dorian, Meridian, and KOCH labels among others. As a period clarinet specialist, Diane Heffner performs regularly with Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), Arcadia Players, and has appeared with Opera Lafayette (DC), The American Classical Orchestra (New York), Rebel Baroque Orchestra (New York), Musicians of the Old Post Road, Chicago Opera Theatre, the Classical Arts Orchestra (Chicago), the Dayton Bach Society, Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon), the Connecticut Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the American Bach Soloists (California). Diane has been touring occasionally with Musica Angelia on their projects with actor John Malkovich, 'The Infernal Comedy' and 'The Giacomo Variations.' She has recorded with many of these ensembles on the Philharmonia Baroque, Telarc, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Cedille, CRI, Arabesque, GM, Koch, and Troy record labels. On modern clarinet, she is a member of Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, Alea III, Alcyon Chamber Ensemble, Solar Winds, and appears with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Gay Men's Chorus, and other assorted freelance ensembles. Branching out into the jazz world on saxophone and clarinet, Diane is part of a 4-piece jazz/blues/r&b combo, 'Kate and the Finn-Tones,' and Boston's only 20 piece all women big band, 'The Mood Swings Orchestra. She is on the applied faculty at Tufts University, the Cambridge School of Weston, and the All-Newton Music School. Diane received both BM and MM degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory where she studied clarinet with Joseph Allard and chamber music with Rudolph Kolisch and Leonard Shure. Vivian Montgomery, fortepianist, is a prize-winning early keyboardist, praised for her '...exquisite music-making...exceptional for it's precision, blend and stylistic unity...sprightly and charming' (Music in Cincinnati). Recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship as well as an Individual Artist Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vivian served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music from 2003 to 2013, teaching early keyboards and historical performance. Having earned her Masters in Early Keyboards from the University of Michigan and the DMA in Early Music from Case Western Reserve University, Vivian has served as Director of the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition since 2009. Her performing life encompasses concerto solos, solo recitals, chamber music performances, and vocal accompanying work throughout the United States. She has recently been heard in numerous performances of 19th-century American and women's music, and her work on little-known piano music for domestic use is captured by the upcoming Centaur Records release entitled Brilliant Variations on Sentimental Songs. While building on collaborations as half of the period instruments duo Adastra and the dynamic Galhano/Montgomery Duo, Vivian has also explored, throughout her career, the musical lives of women from 1500 to 1900, especially through two decades of cross-disciplinary work with her ensemble, Cecilia's Circle. Recordings can be found on the Centaur, Schubert Club and Innova labels. Her work as a conductor has led to engagements directing baroque opera, orchestras, and choirs in Minneapolis, Cleveland, Pennsylvania, and in her current residence, Boston. Vivian holds a post as a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center, where she is founder and chair of the Women and Music Mix. NOTES ON THIS PROJECT AND IT'S COMPOSERS Reviving Song is the product of numerous intersections and coincidences. In the fall of 2008, I became part of the glorious synergy that is the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. As, at the time, a Visiting Scholar, I was committed to work on a variety of projects revolving around the lives and work of women composers, with a special emphasis on their place at the piano, specifically in intimate and domestic settings, more specifically in the early nineteenth century. A post-doctoral publication grant from the American Association of University Women was intended to support my work on the young woman pianist's self-expression through variation treatments of "favorite" tunes in Antebellum America, but it also helped to carved out a complex of other projects in collaboration with my WSRC colleague Liane Curtis, among others. Several of the projects were stimulated by the relatively recent arrival in the Brandeis Department of Music of a newly restored Viennese fortepiano. Liane and I had both long been admirers of the works of Héléne Montgeroult, with

1.1 Six German Songs, Op. 103: I. Sei Still, Mein Herz
1.2 Six German Songs, Op. 103: II. Zwiegesang
1.3 Six German Songs, Op. 103: III. Sehnsucht
1.4 Six German Songs, Op. 103: IV. Wiegenlied
1.5 Six German Songs, Op. 103: V. Das Heimliche Lied
1.6 Six German Songs, Op. 103: VI. Wach Auf!
1.7 Sonata III in F minor, Op. 1: I. Maestoso Con Espressione
1.8 Sonata III in F minor, Op. 1: II. Allegro Agitato
1.9 Suleika
1.10 Verlust
1.11 Die Mainacht
1.12 Dein Ist Mein Herz
1.13 Wandrers Nachlied
1.14 Zauberkreis

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