“The Work at Hand” is the second pre-release EP derived from “Unexpected Shadows”, songs composed by Jake Heggie and performed by mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, cellist Matt Haimovitz, with the composer at the piano. ‘The Work at Hand’ sets poetry by the late Laura Morefield, in which she describes the difficult and deeply human experience of [more]
Unexpected Shadows is a celebration in words and music of powerful, exceptional women. Critically acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and cellist Matt Haimovitz join Jake at the piano to perform several of his works. Worldwide release date: September 18, 2020. The program contains four song cycles, a standalone art song, and an opera aria: [more]
A 25-minute song cycle for baritone and piano, also for baritone and orchestra. New poetry by Margaret Atwood. Commissioned for baritone Joshua Hopkins by the Houston Grand Opera and Canada’s National Arts Centre. First Performance: Sept 10, 2020 at the Rothko Chapel in Houston TX, featuring baritone Joshua Hopkins and pianist Jake Heggie. Orchestral Premiere, [more]
A 40-minute song cycle for mezzo-soprano, solo violin, string quartet and youth solo violin. Texts by Gene Scheer based on stories about violins played by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust; inspired by James Grymes’ book Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust – Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour (Harper [more]
Sheet Music, Scores, Parts and Performance Materials are available from billholabmusic.com.
The “here/after” music trailers spotlight performances from the recording of the double-cd at The Scoring Stage at Skywalker Sound in September and October of 2012. This piece spotlights Joyce DiDonato’s performance of the song “The Gossips” from the composition entitled “Camille Claudel: Into the Fire”. These trailers were produced, directed and edited by Tom Schween [more]
Joyce DiDonato and the Brentano Quartet performed selections from their album, Into the Fire, at The Greene Space at WQXR. November 17, 2018. Joyce DiDonato appears courtesy of Warner Classics. Camille Claudel: Into The Fire 1. Rodin 2. La Valse 3. Shakuntala 4. La petite châtelaine 5. The Gossips 6. L’age mûr 7. Epilogue: Jessie [more]
The great American dramatic soprano’s debut recital disc with pianist Bradley Moore features Barber’s iconic “Hermit Songs” as well as Heggie’s song cycles “These Strangers” and “How Well I Knew the Light” with works by Gordon Getty and Carlisle Floyd.
Soprano Lilian Farahani and pianist Maurice Lammerts van Bueren perform the complete Eve-Song (texts by Philip LIttell) and the opera scene At The Statue of Venus (libretto by Terrence McNally) on this acclaimed new all-Heggie recording from Zefir Records in Amsterdam. CD available on Amazon.com. See the recording’s trailer: