An American Song Album (2019)

Traditional, Getty, Copland, Floyd, Heggie, Barber

Melody Moore

An American Song Album by Melody Moore is her 4th DSD release at NativeDSD Music and her first solo album. It is a new album that has been called "Diverse, But Unmistakenably American". 

The album is a fine collection of songs by American composers, presented by soprano Melody Moore. The repertoire includes Samuel Barber’s introspective Hermit Songs, Jake Heggie’s engaged cycles These Strangers and How Well I Knew the Light, Carlisle Floyd’s exploration of motherhood in The Mystery, Copland’s impressionist and oriental Four Early Songs, as well as a varied selection from Gordon Getty’s vocal works. Set to Irish, Welsh, Chilean, German, Arabic and Afro-American poetry, these pieces constitute a panorama of the US as a melting pot of cultures, while simultaneously being bound together by an unmistakably American sound.

Melody Moore manages to lift out the poetry of these works with her warm, lyrical voice and impeccable vocal technique. She is accompanied on the piano by Bradley Moore, one of the most eminent conductors and song accompanists of today’s American musical scene.

With her first solo album, Melody Moore continues her Pentatone discography that already features recordings of leading roles in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack (2012) and The Little Match Girl (2015), as well as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello (2017). All 3 of these earlier DSD releases from Pentatone are available in Stereo and Multichannel DSD and are linked below. 

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Melody Moore

More than a promise for the future

Soprano Melody Moore is enjoying a thriving career on the world’s leading stages, prompting Opera News to label her “a revelation.” After her recent soldout solo recital at Carnegie Hall, the same publication raved, “As I left the auditorium, I could only think: more of Moore, please.” In 2012, Melody Moore proved her mettle stepping in for Angela Gheorghiu after the first act in Puccini’s Tosca at San Francisco Opera. It was a huge success that launched her career. The singer with such a suitably apt first name is carefully developing her repertoire in the Italianate and Germanic spinto soprano roles of Verdi, Puccini, Strauss and Wagner, while maintaining her passion for American opera and song. In a short period of time, she has added – or rather, conquered – numerous new roles. Long gone are the days when the young girl stood up before her small church congregation to sing. Now, she is adored by the audiences at the great opera houses of the world. Melody Moore’s voice is more than just a promise for the future, as the critics point out: “She has a lyrical voice with pronounced dark overtones. Besides, she has the typical ‘kapow!’ of the spinto soprano. Her extraordinary abilities can best be described by mentioning the names of Renata Tebaldi and Gabrielle Tucci.” A truly powerful artistic prediction, which Melody Moore is only too happy to confirm on stage as well as in the recording studio.

photo: from booklet 'An American Song Book'

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An American Song Album (2019)

Traditional, Getty, Copland, Floyd, Heggie, Barber

Melody Moore

Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Notes: A San Francisco Classical Recording Company production, recorded by Sound Mirror, Inc.
Piano Technician: Barbara Renner
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Mark Donahue
Recording Location: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA, in September 2018
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD

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This album is available as ST+MCH download (Stereo + Multichannel)
Included in any DSD purchase is access to the base DSD64 resolution. All DSD capable units will be able to play DSD64.
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PTC5186770: An American Song Album
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1.
Hermit Songs, Op. 29 - No. 1, At Saint Patrick's Purgatory
Barber
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Hermit Songs, Op. 29 - No. 2, Church Bell at Night
Barber
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Hermit Songs, Op. 29 - No. 3, St. Ita's Vision
Barber
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Hermit Songs, Op. 29 - No. 4, The Heavenly Banquet
Barber
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Hermit Songs, Op. 29 - No. 5, The Crucifixion
Barber
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Hermit Songs, Op. 29 - No. 6, Sea-Snatch
Barber
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Hermit Songs, Op. 29 - No. 7, Promiscuity
Barber
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Hermit Songs, Op. 29 - No. 8, The Monk and His Cat
Barber
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Hermit Songs, Op. 29 - No. 9, The Praises of God
Barber
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Hermit Songs, Op. 29 - No. 10, The Desire for Hermitage
Barber
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These Strangers - No. 1, These Strangers, in a Foreign World
Heggie
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These Strangers - No. 2, In the Midst of Thousands
Heggie
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These Strangers - No. 3, I Did Not Speak Out
Heggie
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These Strangers - No. 4, To a Stranger
Heggie
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How Well I Knew the Light - No. 1, Ample Make This Bed
Heggie
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How Well I Knew the Light - No. 2, The Sun Kept Setting
Heggie
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The Mystery (Arr. for Voice and Piano) - No. 1, He Has Kissed Me
Floyd
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The Mystery (Arr. for Voice and Piano) - No. 2, Gentleness
Floyd
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The Mystery (Arr. for Voice and Piano) - No. 3, To My Husband
Floyd
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The Mystery (Arr. for Voice and Piano) - No. 4, At Dawn
Floyd
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The Mystery (Arr. for Voice and Piano) - No. 5, Rocking
Floyd
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4 Early Songs - No. 1, Night
Copland
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4 Early Songs - No. 2, A Summer Vacation
Copland
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4 Early Songs - No. 3, My Heart Is in the East
Copland
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4 Early Songs - No. 4, Alone
Copland
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips - Chips, Darling, It's Started (Arr. for Voice and Piano)
Getty
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3 Welsh Songs (Version for Voice and Piano) - No. 1, Welcome Robin
Getty
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3 Welsh Songs (Version for Voice and Piano) - No. 2, Kind Old Man
Getty
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3 Welsh Songs (Version for Voice and Piano) - No. 3, All Through the Night
Getty
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Deep River (Arr. G. Getty for Voice and Piano)
Traditional
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Danny Boy (Arr. G. Getty for Voice and Piano)
Traditional
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