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Exerpted from a review of the Carnegie Hall Recital "A Painted Tale" (Opera News, May 2015, Judith Malafronte):

"Viola da gamba player Ann Marie Morgan, a former teacher of Phan, and Michael Leopold, on lute and theorbo, provided a variety of textures for instrumental accompaniment. Morgan’s solo bass line of Purcell’s “O solitude” emphasized the starkness of the song, with its repetitive structure at once oppressive and comforting. Tracing chords in a lyra-viol technique was especially effective in Nicholas Lanier’s lively “Fire, fire,” and Morgan varied each verse and repeat of the same composer’s “No more shall meads be deck’d with flowers” with improvised countermelodies and melodic doubling that was inventive and fascinating. The missing final pizzicato note of Lanier’s “Stay, silly heart, and do not break” turned up in the serene opening of Purcell’s “Now that the sun hath veiled his light.” "
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Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

A Painted Tale
received an "Editor's Choice" in the April 2015 edition of Gramophone Magazine (please click to read review).


A Painted Tale
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Michael Leopold, Lute
Ann Marie Morgan, Viola da Gamba
Blow - Dowland - Ferrabosco - Lanier - Purcell
AVIE RECORDS
    (Listen to and watch a 3 minute video on the making of the CD)

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