Tribute to Soprano Bethany Beardslee
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR724     Release Date: 1997-01-01

Bethany Beardslee, soprano

U.C.L.A. Chamber Ensemble: Victoria Bond, voice; Jeffrey Solow, cello; Susan Greenberg, flute; Gary Foster, clarinet; Gary Gray, clarinet; Natalie Limonick, piano; Emily Just, percussion; Eric Remsen, percussion; John Dare, Conductor); Morey Ritt, piano; Robert Helps, piano; Malcolm Peyton, piano; Linda Quan, violin

For many of us the name Bethany Beardslee will forever be associated with the vocal music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern and the achievement of an artistic standard that few have been able to match since. What is surprising is that her initiation into this literature occurred not as a seasoned professional but was established when she and fellow Juilliard student Jacques Monod gave of the world premiere of probably the wildest and seemingly most chaotic of contemporary vocal music, Webern's Fünf Kanons Op. 16. What is even more astonishing, however, is that on listening once more to this performance, one immediately senses the consummate mastery of technique and style that leads the listener to the heart of this forbidding work. In my experience, Miss Beardslee is to date the only musician to have done so. One might then consider the date of that performance, May 8, 1951, the moment that Bethany Beardslee became a force in the performance of 20th century music. From that point on, Miss Beardslee's name has been indissolubly associated with the music of our time.

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).

Bethany Beardslee

Tribute to Soprano Bethany Beardslee

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Track Listing

Mother Goose Primer
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: I. Perhaps You'd Like to Buy a Flower
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: II. I Like to See It Lap the Miles
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: III. I Know Some Lonely Houses Off the Road
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: IV. There Came a Wind Like a Bugle
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: V. Beauty - Be Not Caused - It Is
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: VI. The Wind - Tapped Like a Tired Man
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: VII. These Are the Days When Birds Come Back
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: VIII. The Heart Asks - Pleasure First
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: IX. What If I Shall Not Wait
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: X. If I'm Lost - Now
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: XI. The Loneliness One Dare Not Sound
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: XII. Under the Light, Yet Under
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Thirteen Dickinson Songs: XIII. She Bore It Till the Simple Veins
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To Prove My Love: I. Lord of My Love...
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To Prove My Love: II. Accuse Me Thus...
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To Prove My Love: III. Let Me Not to the Marriage
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Songs From Walt Whitman: I. Oh Me! Oh Life!
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Songs From Walt Whitman: II. Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone Are These
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Songs From Walt Whitman: III. Darest Thou Now O Soul
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Songs From Walt Whitman: IV. Scented Herbage of My Breast
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Songs From Walt Whitman: V. Warble for Lilac-Time
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