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Hagen: After Words

Magazine article Gramophone

Hagen: After Words

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Hagen After Words (a). Songs of Experience (b). Phantoms of Myself (c). Four Irish Folk Songs (d). Four Dickinson Songs (e) Lyric Fest ((a) Justine Aronson, (de) Kelly Ann Bixby, (c) Gilda Lyons sops (d) Suzanne DuPlantis mez (a) Joseph Gaines ten (b) Daniel Teadt bar Laura Ward pf) Naxos American Classics (M) 8 559714 (74' * DDD * T/t)

Daron Hagen was Ned Rorem's first composition student at the Curtis Institute during the early 1980s and this collection of song-cycles written since the turn of the century show his mentor's influence in the way he attends to each word in each line. As performed here it also hearkens back in time to when Schubert heard his songs at intimate gatherings of friends and colleagues.

The magic starts with the first and longest track, the first of six songs that make up his multilingual After Words, in which Justine Aronson and Joseph Gaines engage in an imagined conversation inspired by Schubert's Winterreise on the nature of art and love. …

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