“This excellent CD is a truly remarkable addition to the singer/piano repertoire.”
– Phyllis Bryn-Julson
Soprano Danielle Buonaiuto’s debut album offers premiere recordings of 19 songs from 4 emerging composers: Douglas Buchanan, Natalie Draper, Cecilia Livingston, and James Young. These lovely, gorgeous songs will appeal to those who enjoy accessible melodies and traditional vocal beauty.
Buonaiuto’s performances have been praised for their “terrific clarity and color” (Baltimore Sun), her “entrancing and fluid” singing (DC Metro Theatre Arts), and her “ethereal vocals” that reveal “exquisite vocal technique and luscious colors” (OperaWire).
The album includes the sizzlingly virtuosic “Heathen,” the infectiously sultry “Rival,” and the tender, haunting “Saguaro” from James Young’s Marfa Songs; the “outstanding beauty of sound, sensuality, dance rhythms, and wonderful new ideas” (Bryn-Julson) in Cecilia Livingston’s two works; the effective tone-painting in Natalie Draper’s O sea-starved, hungry sea; and the richly melodic Scots and Waters from Douglas Buchanan, a “skilled composer does not imitate, however, and reveals his own distinctive voice” (Bryn-Julson).
Eye to Ivory
“Intimate, violent, roaring, serene”
– Joan La Barbara
This release from the widely acclaimed, leading-edge pianist Kathleen Supové features electronics, theatrics, extended techniques, Yamaha Disklavier, and vocals ranging from humor to horror. The New York Times has observed, “What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it.”
The album presents the premiere recordings of Mary Ellen Childs’ readily engaging Eye to Ivory; Nick Didkovsky’s dispassionately shocking Rama Broom; Guy Barash’s technically sophisticated Talkback IV; Randall Woolf’s laugh-fest In The Privacy of My Own Home; and Dafna Naphtali’s Landmine, composed for Supové playing a Yamaha Disklavier, the Disklavier playing itself, along with Naphtali’s real-time processing.
La Barbara also writes, “Kathleen Supové has built an extraordinary career as a solo artist performing almost exclusively contemporary works, many of them composed for her and often commissioned by her. For this courageous choice she has been showered with an impressive array of awards, prizes, and well-deserved recognition. This collection should certainly garner her more.”