Desiderium
Title:

Desiderium

Artists:
Release Date:

13th May 2022

Cat No:

AV2512

Price:

£12.49

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Summary:

The star of tenor John Matthew Myers is rapidly in the ascendent. His debut album, Desiderium, coincides with his Metropolitan Opera debut in Brett Dean’s Hamlet. Desiderium – “an ardent desire or longing, a feeling of loss or grief for something lost” – beautifully showcases Myers’ mellifluous voice. His thoughtful programme of works by American and American émigré composers opens with Samuel Barber’s yearning Knoxville: Summer of 1915 – rarely heard sung by a tenor – and transitions to Charles Griffes’ similarly searching settings of 3 Poems of Fiona Macleod, and Andre Previn’s 4 Songs for Tenor and Piano. What follows is A Letter from Sullivan Ballou, set to the words of a poignant letter by an American Civil War officer, by John Kander (of Kander and Ebb musical theatre fame). Rounding out the recital are 4 Walt Whitman Songs by German-born composer Kurt Weill, including the classic O Captain! My Captain!

John Matthew Myers says, “Call me a big-hearted Romantic. Each song on this album conveys yearning, separation, loneliness or distance but also a sense of intimacy and longing for connection.” It certainly does. Desiderium is an auspicious debut album, and one especially attuned to our times.

Tracklist:

SAMUEL BARBER (1910–1981)
1. Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Op.24 17.57

CHARLES GRIFFES (1884–1920)
Three Poems of Fiona Macleod
2. The Lament of Ian the Proud 3.50
3. Thy Dark Eyes to Mine 2.38
4. The Rose of the Night 4.02

ANDRÉ PREVIN (1929–2019)
Four Songs for Tenor and Piano
5. Is It For Now 2.13
6. To Write One Song 3.00
7.  Ad Infinitum 1.52
8.  The Revelation 2.00

JOHN KANDER (b. 1927)
9.  A Letter from Sullivan Ballou 8.10

KURT WEILL (1900–1950)
Four Walt Whitman Songs
10. Beat! Beat! Drums! 3.34
11. Oh Captain! My Captain! 4.53
12. Come Up from the Fields, Father 5.34
13. Dirge for Two Veterans 5.03

Total duration: 65.15

John Matthew Myerstenor
Myra Huangpiano

Recorded: 15 & 17 November 2020, Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, NY
Recording produced by Marlan Barry
Engineering by Marlan Barry & Charles Mueller
Digital editing by Ian Striedter

Mixing and mastering by Marlan Barry
Publishers: Schirmer (1, 5–8); Kander and Ebb (9)