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Helene Williams Sings Songs of Love

Cover Photo: Uschi Karnilova
Cover Artwork: J. Sabatino Hills

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Catalog Number: CPS-8647
Audio Format: Stereo, DDD
Playing Time: 58:57
Release Date: 1998

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    Leonard Lehrman
1. Love's Secret (1:36)
2. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love (3:20)
3. The Definition of Love (1:52)
4. Tell, Me, What Is Love? (2:57)
5. In der Fremd (1:29)
    Leonard Lehrman
    Two Christina Rossetti Songs
6. When I Am Dead, My Dearest (1:39)
7. Remember Me When I Am Gone Away (2:17)
    Albert Tepper
    Three Shakespeare Songs
O mistress mine (1:02)
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Who is Sylvia (1:52)
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Where the bee sucks (1:05)
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    Jeanne Singer
  11-14. A Cycle of Love (8:42)
    Leonard Lehrman
  15-21. An Edith Segal Love Song Cycle (5:38)
    Adele Berk
  22-24. Three Songs (5:04)
    Leonard Lehrman
  25-31. An Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Love Song Cycle (14:07)
    Elie Siegmeister
  32-33. Two Songs (3:36)
    Mira J. Spektor
  34. Call Me (2:41)


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New Music Connoisseur - Volume 8, Number 2 - by Alex Skovron

I found this recording full of colour and rich in musical thought. There were many highlights for me. The exuberant opening bars of Leonard Lehrman's Marlowe setting in Five Love Songs still echo in my mind whenever I think of the words (even as I write this). The second of the two Rossetti love songs is an enjoyable example of the same composer's Sonnetinas. Albert Tepper's "Who is Sylvia" makes for a fascinating comparison with Schubert's version, and "Ariel's Song" provides a delightful contrast. The splendid Jeanne Singer cycle struck me as "symphonic," and presents such a variety of mood and feeling, as does Lehrman's Edith Segal cycle, with its quick-change miniatures. Among the Adele Berk songs, I found "Sigh No More, Ladies" particularly arresting for its vigour and its modal quality. I much admired, too, Lehrman's settings of the Elizabeth Gurley Flynn poems. (I must confess I didn't dmire all of her words, though the opening poem is rather beautiful; but the settings and Helene Williams' expressive skills transcended the less understated or oversentimentalized lines -- and I liked the way the vivid fourth poem is partially repeated.) Elie Siegmeister's "Lonely Star" is oddly haunting, and his "Chalk Marks on the Sidewalk" refeshing and fun. Mira Spektor's "Call Me", with its charming and childlike quality, seems a fitting finale.