Ned Rorem: The Nantucket Songs
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR657     Release Date: 2007-01-01

Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano; Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Katherine Ciesinski, mezzo-soprano; Beverly Wolff, contralto; Donald Gramm, baritone; Ned Rorem, piano


It doesn’t seem so long ago—about fifteen years for the two cycles, twenty-five for the miscellaneous songs—that the ensuing program notes were penned, yet here I am at seventy, and the earliest work mentioned, Little Elegy, dates from 1948. But if perspective alters with the passage of time, viewpoint does not. I can remember like yesterday the actual sensation of writing Little Elegy, though I could not write it today (mainly because it’s already written). I do envy the innocent knack for hitting the nail on the head without crushing my finger; but though youth can be imitated, it cannot be repeated. Thus, I feel rewarded for the present CRI reissue, a chance to hear again not only my own lost voice, but the voices of certain others who were inimitable singers, some of whom have stopped singing forever.
—Ned Rorem, Autumn 1993


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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Ned Rorem: The Nantucket Songs

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Track Listing

Nantucket Songs: From Whence Cometh Song
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Nantucket Songs: The Dance
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Nantucket Songs: Nantucket
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Nantucket Songs: Go, Lovely Rose
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Nantucket Songs: Up-Hill
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Nantucket Songs: Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel
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Nantucket Songs: Fear of Death
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Nantucket Songs: Thoughts of a Young Girl
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Nantucket Songs: Ferry Me Across The Water
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Nantucket Songs: The Dancer
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Some Trees: Some Trees
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Some Trees: The Grapevine
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Some Trees: Our Youth
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Six Songs: Little Elegy
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Six Songs: Night Crow
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Six Songs: The Tulip Tree
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Six Songs: Look Down, Fair Moon
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Six Songs: What Sparks and Wiry Cries
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Six Songs: For Poulenc
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Women's Voices: Let Not Charitable Hope
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Women's Voices: A Birthday
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Women's Voices: To My Dear and Loving Husband
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Women's Voices: To The Ladies
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Women's Voices: If Ever Hapless Woman Had a Cause
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Women's Voices: We Never Said Farewell
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Women's Voices: The Stranger
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Women's Voices: What Inn is This?
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Women's Voices: Defiled Is My Name
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Women's Voices: Electrocution
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Women's Voices: Smile, Death
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