Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Susan Eichorn-Young: Taking My Turn

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Susan Eichorn-Young: Taking My Turn

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Susan Eichorn-Young: Taking My Turn. Susan Eichorn-Young, soprano; Alan Johnson, piano. (Self-published; 37:12)

Kurt Weill: "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" (One Touch of Venus), "Seerauber Jenny" Threepenny Opera), "Nanna's Lied." William Bolcom: "Over the Piano," "Toothbrush Time," "George." Francis Poulenc: Métamorphoses: "Reine des Mouettes," "C'est ainsi que tu es," "Paganini." Stephen Sondheim: "Ah, But Underneath" (Follies), "The Ladies Who Lunch" (Company), "Silly People" (Marry Me A Little).

Where do our songs come from? What influences tend to shape them most profoundly? How is it that some songs are written for a particular stage (e.g., the recital stage, the theater stage, the cabaret stage), but find new life on other stages? Susan Eichorn-Young's entertaining disk is the kind of collection that inspires such questions, and releases like this may help us to consider the world of song much more freely and creatively. These twelve songs represent the work of four very different composers-Weill, Bolcom, Poulenc, Sondheim-but they seem to be entirely comfortable in one another's contrived company. Eichorn-Young's ability to navigate this array of songs and their styles is key to this disk's cohesiveness and effectiveness. She wields her beautiful, colorful voice with a fine sense of style and with no hint of hesitancy or reserve. Lyrics are delivered with assurance, aplomb, and perfect clarity. There are occasional patches of rough intonation and a few brief instances where the more intricate melodic curves are not perfectly traced, but those are fleeting moments in what is otherwise fine singing of these songs, all of which to varying degrees bring the atmosphere of the cabaret to mind.

Eichorn-Young sings in three languages here, and she is a potent communicator in all three. …

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