FRANCIS POULENC: Sept Chansons
DONALD GRANTHAM: La canción desesperada
HENRY PURCELL: Ode to St. Cecilia, Z. 328
Poulenc’s luminescent settings of impressionist poetry are an ideal amuse-bouche for the beautiful cycle by Donald Grantham, with soloists and violin, which sets Pablo Neruda’s “Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair.” Grantham’s lyrical, expressive music evokes the tumultuous feelings of people in love. The concert concludes with Purcell’s joyful and radiant cantata, for chorus with soloists and organ.
Nicolette Mavroleon, soprano
Thomas West, baritone
Mark Shapiro, conductor and Artistic Director of Cantori New York