Bridge Records Catalog

Songs of Amy Beach

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2007 Grammy Nominee - Best Vocal Recording
Amy Beach (1873-1942) was probably the first woman composer to gain attention for writing successfully in the large forms of the nineteenth century: symphony, concerto, oratorio and chamber music. But it is in her songs and solo piano music that we glimpse a more private and intimate Beach. Beach produced more than 120 songs, only a few of which are known to the general public. This superb CD presents 22 of Beach’s finest songs, a selection which ranges from some of her earliest published efforts through her later brooding masterpieces. American baritone Patrick Mason is accompanied on this recording by leading Beach specialist, pianist Joanne Polk. Together, Mason and Polk’s penetrating interpretations make an excellent case for these songs as major English language song literature.

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Amy Beach

Twilight, Op. 2, No. 1
Empress of Night, Op. 2, No. 3
The Summer Wind, Op. 14, No. 1
Sweetheart, Sigh No More, Op. 14, No. 3
Golden Gates, Op. 19, No. 3
Villanelle, Op. 20
Wouldn't That Be Queer, Op. 26, No. 4
Within My Heart, Op. 29, No. 1
Anita, Op. 41, No. 1
The Year's at the Spring, Op. 44, No. 1
Ah, Love, but a day! Op. 44, No. 2
Come, ah come! Op. 48, No. 1
Good Morning, Op. 48, No. 2
Go Not Too Far, Op. 56, No. 2
Shena Van, Op. 56, No. 4
Baby, Op. 69, No. 1
O Sweet Content, Op. 71, No. 2
Wind o'the Westland, Op. 77, No. 2
In the Twilight, Op. 85
Mine Be the Lips, Op. 113
Dark Garden, Op. 131
I Shall be Brave, Op. 143

Patrick Mason, baritone
Joanne Polk, piano


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9430, 9292, 9058, 9053