The Weary Blues

Adrienne Danrich, Charles Yang, Eric McKeever, Mila Henry

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The Weary Blues is an exciting new recording of songs, resulting from a long and wonderful collaboration between American composer Drew Hemenger and African-American operatic soprano Adrienne Danrich. The two have been collaborating as artists and friends for more than a decade, and the artistic synergy between them shines through in Adrienne’s shimmering and empathic performances of Drew’s eclectic and melodic compositions. Their collaboration started with a set of songs on Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, all of which are included here, along with a gripping and sometimes harrowing song cycle, “Which Way Home?” based on the poems of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, Anne Sexton.

Adrienne is joined in the recording by Mila Henry, an award-winning pianist, conductor and music director, as well as Grammy Award-winning violinist Charles Yang and operatic baritone Eric McKeever.

In addition to Hughes and Sexton, a few other gems appear, such as “Her Final Show” on doctor/poet Rafael Campo’s poem, written for the AIDS Quilt Songbook at 20, and “Breaking Bread,” Hemenger’s jazzy arrangement of the traditional Negro spiritual, “Let Us Break Bread Together.”


Adrienne Danrich – Soprano
Eric McKeever – Baritone
Mila Henry – Piano
Charles Yang – Violin

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1.
The Weary Blues
06:50
2.
Casual
01:41
3.
Still Here
03:10
4.
Summer Night
03:44
5.
Genius Child
02:20
6.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
03:39
7.
January 1st
02:37
8.
The Risk
01:14
9.
Ringing the Bells
01:21
10.
Yellow
02:24
11.
Her Kind
02:42
12.
Snow
03:10
13.
Music Swims Back to Us
02:59
14.
Us
02:20
15.
Her Final Show
03:48
16.
Love’s Prophesy
04:25
17.
Breaking Bread
03:29

Total time: 00:51:53

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Release DateJuly 14, 2023

1 review for The Weary Blues

    Langston Hughes has always been a favorite poet of mine, and I admit I didn’t know much, if anything, about Anne Sexton before hearing this music. However, I’m very glad I did!

    The Langston songs are melodic and beautiful, using the Jazz idiom here and there, to great effect. The Soprano, who seems to be growing in her career, has a rich, operatic voice, with a wide range.

    The Sexton songs are totally different, but the music really captures the insanity, and sometimes peacefulness, of these wild poems. Hemenger’s music is indeed a discovery and I’ll be interested to hear more.

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