Lenoriana – Music of Boyle, Altman, Hagen and Hennessy
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Elem Eley, baritone | JJ Penna, piano — Lenoriana - Music of Boyle, Altman, Hagen and Hennessy
Release date : Sept. 25, 2015
Label : Affetto Recordings
  1. Lenoriana, Opus 4 (Edgar Allan Poe) Benjamin C.S. Boyle
  2. Annabel Lee
  3. Lenore
  4. To
  5. The Conqueror Worm
  6. Intermezzo
  7. El Dorado
  8. Lenore
  9. A Dream within a Dream
  10. To Helen
  11. Two Songs from Mountain Interval (Robert Frost) Laurie Altman
  12. A Time to Talk
  13. The Sound of Trees
  14. Larkin Songs (Philip Larkin) Daron Aric Hagen
  15. Going
  16. Coming
  17. Interlude #1: Fiction and the Reading Public
  18. Counting
  19. None of the books have time’
  20. Within the dream you said
  21. Talking in Bed
  22. Interlude #2: To write one song, you said
  23. Morning at last: there is snow
  24. The White Palace
  25. Three Dickinson Songs (Emily Dickinson) Martin Hennessy
  26. My river runs to Thee
  27. Let down the bars, O Death!
  28. I TASTE a liquor never brewed


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This album consists entirely of recording premières; no other discs of this repertoire have been released to date. The Altman works (Mountain Interval) were composed for Eley and Penna, and the final Hennessy song (I TASTE a liquor never brewed) was written for Eley, who performed it in recital with the composer at the piano.

Drifts and Shadows: American Song for the New Millennium (Albany Records): “No matter what technical and expressive hurdles these songs present, Eley surmounts them with conviction and assurance…What they achieve here is truly profound.” (Journal of Singing) “This is a miraculous compilation of gems…a Want List candidate.” (Fanfare)

Der Geist spricht/The Spirit Speaks (Centaur Records): “To put across a dire-foreboding program such as this requires the utmost in intelligence and interpretive insight. Elem Eley and JJ Penna possess both, plus the technical powers to do justice to awesome settings of awesome literary texts.” (Audio Visual Club of Atlanta)