Shadow and Substance (DXL 1098)



This disc presents the song cycles of leading US composer Dominick Argento performed by Howard Haskin.

Born in Kansas City, dramatic tenor Howard Haskin enjoys international renown for the extraordinary vocal expressiveness, impeccable musicality and theatrical intensity he brings to every performance. He has performed widely in the UK in operatic roles and recital, including Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall, and with many international orchestras including the LSO and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His discography includes the Grammy-nominated recording of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero, Massenet’s Thérèse  and the world premiere of Schnittke’s Life with an Idiot.

Track List:

Six Elizabethan Songs
1 ) Spring
2) Sleep
3) Winter
4) Dirge
5) Diaphenia
6) Hymn

Letters from Composers
7) Frederic Chopin
8) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
9) Franz Schubert
10) Johann Sebastian Bach
11) Claude Debussy
12) Giacomo Puccini
13) Robert Schumann

To be Sung upon the Water
14) Prologue: Shadow and Substance
15) The Lake at Evening
16) Music on the Water
17) Fair is the Swan
18) In Remembrance of Schubert
19) Hymn near the Rapids
20) The Lake at Night
21) Epilogue: De Profundis

Dominick Argento (b. 1927) is generally considered as one of the leading US composers of songs and lyric opera and one of the most successful in terms of performances. This disc features three of his most significant song-cycles, sung here by tenor Howard Haskin.

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