Paul Nordoff

  1. 1) Serenade (Kathleen Millay)

    1.30

  2. 2) Music I heard with you (Conrad Aitken)

    2.02

  3. 3) Elegy (Elinor Wylie)

    0.44

  4. 4) This is the shape of the leaf (Conrad Aitken)

    3.06

  5. 5) Willow River (Marjorie Allen Seiffert)

    1.58

  6. 6) There shall be more joy (Ford Madox Ford)

    1.51

Paul Bowles
Blue Mountain Ballads (Tennessee Williams)

  1. 7) Heavenly Grass

    2.03

  2. 8) Lonesome Man

    1.21

  3. 9) Cabin

    1.29

  4. 10) Sugar in the Cane

    1.19

Stephen Paulus
Songs of Love and Longing

  1. 11) Endless Autumn Nights (Anonymous)

    1.48

  2. 12) The One Who Greets Me (Otomo no Yakamachi)

    1.06

  3. 13) Dark Seed (Sosei)

    0.54

  4. 14) Echoes (Mibu no Tadamine)

    1.45

  5. 15) Moonless Nights (Ono no Komachi)

    1.09

  6. 16) The Bashful Moon (Anonymous)

    2.10

  7. 17) From This World (Anonymous)

    1.39

David Garner

  1. 18) Auld Lang Syne (Traditional, Poem by Robert Burns)

    4.10

Gordon Getty

  1. 19) Shenandoah (Traditional)

    3.42

Jack Perla

  1. 20) Home, Sweet Home (Original melody by Henry Bishop, poem by John Howard Payne)

    4.14

John Duke
(Poems by e. e. cummings)

  1. 21) Just-Spring

    1.53

  2. 22) hist…whist

    1.05

  3. 23) i carry your heart

    2.43

  4. 24) The Mountains Are Dancing

    2.33

Norman Dello Joio
Three Songs of Adieu

  1. 25) After Love (Arthur Symons)

    2.02

  2. 26) Fade, Vison Bright (Anonymous)

    1.32

  3. 27) Farewell (John Addington Symonds)

    2.43

John Kander

  1. 28) A Letter From Sullivan Ballou (based on the letter written by Major Sullivan Ballou on July 14, 1861)

    7.30

Randall Thompson

  1. 29) My soul doth magnify the Lord (Magnificat) (Luke 1: 46-55)

    5.44

  2. 30) Tapestry (William Douglas)

    3.04

  3. 31) Velvet Shoes (Elinor Wylie)

    5.01

CD information

On this remarkable recording, OUT OF THE SHADOWS: REDISCOVERED AMERICAN ART SONGS, a century’s worth of treasures emerge from the shadows of both memory and history. The discovery of these songs began years ago, when soprano Lisa Delan was a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her teachers, some of whom were contemporaries of the composers, recognized the artistic value of several of these works. Knowing that Ms. Delan would imbue them with special interpretive qualities, they presented her with copies of some of the music now on this disc. She decided to go further, to discover additional Americana—a kind of musical excavation that would bring to light and to life a body of art songs that deserved to be better known.

Mined from extensive research, the gems on this CD are priceless additions to the art song genre. They form a compelling body of literature that, until now, has been underrepresented or completely unrepresented on recordings. These songs honor the universality of the human experience—love, loss, faith, joy, sadness, nostalgia—in uniquely American settings. The spirit, pragmatism and romanticism of a country born in revolution and maturing in reason and hopefulness is evident in these works. It’s all here, in 31 songs by ten composers. The tonal palette of each of these composers reveals a singular style, in hues rich, varied and distinctively American.