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Episode 5

Donald Macleod focuses on the last decade of Amy Beach's life, when she started to feel her age. With a rare performance of the chamber opera Cabildo.

Now well into her sixties, by the mid-1930s Amy Beach was finally beginning to feel her age. Moving to Manhattan, she embarked on a remarkable final chapter in her musical life, producing some of her most distinctive songs and piano works, as well as a Creole-infused chamber opera, "Cabildo".

Donald Macleod explores the music of Amy Beach's last decade.

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Fri 6 Aug 2010 12:00

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Music Played

  • Amy Beach

    Dark Garden, Op.131 (1932)

    Performers: Patrick Mason (baritone), Joanne Polk (piano)

    • BRIDGE 9182.
    • 21.
  • Amy Beach

    Three Piano Pieces, Op.128 (1928), Scherzino: A Peterboro Chipmunk

    Performer: Joanne Polk (piano)

    • ARABESQUE 26693.
    • 14.
  • Amy Beach

    Three Piano Pieces, Op.128 (1928), Scherzino: Young Birches

    Performer: Joanne Polk (piano)

    • ARABESQUE 26693.
    • 15.
  • Amy Beach

    Three Piano Pieces, Op.128 (1928), Scherzino: A Humming Bird

    Performer: Joanne Polk (piano)

    • ARABESQUE 26693.
    • 16.
  • Amy Beach

    Piano Trio in A Minor, Op.150 (1938), I. Allegro

    Performers: The Romantic Chamber Group of London: Paul Barritt (violin), Charles Medlam (cello), James Lisney (piano)

    • ARABESQUE 26693.
    • 14.
  • Amy Beach

    Piano Trio in A Minor, Op.150 (1938), II. Lento Espressivo

    Performers: The Romantic Chamber Group of London: Paul Barritt (violin), Charles Medlam (cello), James Lisney (piano)

    • ARABESQUE 26693.
    • 15.
  • Amy Beach

    Piano Trio in A Minor, Op.150 (1938), III. Allegro Con Brio

    Performers: The Romantic Chamber Group of London: Paul Barritt (violin), Charles Medlam (cello), James Lisney (piano)

    • ARABESQUE 26693.
    • 16.
  • Amy Beach

    Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), Prologue: Introduction

    Performers: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    • DELOS DE31730.
    • 1.
  • Amy Beach

    Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), Ladies and Gentlemen! This Way

    Performer: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    • DELOS DE31730.
    • 2.
  • Amy Beach

    Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), One Night, As They Joined In The Dance

    Performer: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    • DELOS DE31730.
    • 3.
  • Amy Beach

    Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), Ladies and Gentlemen! We Will Now Proceed

    Performer: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    • DELOS DE31730.
    • 4.
  • Amy Beach

    Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), Ah, Love Is A Jasmine Vine With Tendrils Delica

    Performer: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    • DELOS DE31730.
    • 12.
  • Amy Beach

    Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), Tempo Di Duetto

    Performer: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    • DELOS DE31730.
    • 13.
  • Amy Beach

    Two Late Songs: I Sought The Lord, Op.142 (1937)

    Performer: Katherine Kelton (mezzo), Catherine Bringerud (piano)

    • NAXOS 8559191.
    • 34.
  • Amy Beach

    Though I Take The Wings Of Morning, Op.152 (1941)

    Performer: Katherine Kelton (mezzo), Catherine Bringerud (piano)

    • NAXOS 8559191.
    • 34 to 36.

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