V0222. JAKE HEGGIE, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Joyce DiDonato, Paul Groves, Keith Phares, Dawn Harms, Carla Maria Rodrigues, Emil Miland, Zheng Cao & Isabel Bayrakdarian: Passing By (Songs of Jake Heggie). Avie 2198. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 822252219821
“One of the leading American composers of his generation, Jake Heggie arrives on Avie with a gorgeous collection of new songs performed by a stunning array of international vocalists. Fresh from the success of the Dallas Opera premiere of his MOBY DICK, the Guggenheim Fellowship recipient describes this collection as ‘songs that tell stories about now and then’. Indelibly associated with his acclaimed operas, including DEAD MAN WALKING, THREE DECEMBERS, and THE END OF THE AFFAIR, Jake's heart and soul lie in storytelling through song. With lyrics and poetry by A.E. Housman, Terrence McNally, and Rainer Maria Rilke, these songs reflect the great American songbook tradition, replete with striking observations of life's journeys.
American composer Jake Heggie has penned some of the most beautiful vocal music of our day, and his operas and songs have been championed by some of today's foremost artists including Joyce di Donato, Susan Graham, and Frederica von Stade on the acclaimed AVIE release PASSING BY. This sublime collection - from the song cycles Statuesque, Songs to the Moon, The Breaking Waves, and Folk Songs - is by turns rhapsodic, humorous, and nostalgic. Heggie may prove to be contemporary opera's savior."
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“I can do scant justice to this collection in the space permitted but suffice it to say that these songs "sing" most ardently. Heggie is not afraid to acknowledge, indeed embrace, America's Broadway heritage...but he displays at all times a really composerly instinct in the way these songs are structured.”