Podcast: Richard Danielpour. Songs for Serious Subjects.
October 21, 2016
Three orchestral works by the contemporary American composer Richard Danielpour immerse the listener in both a world of conflict and the richly colourful palette with which the composer depicts his narrative. Songs of Solitude and War Songs respectively present a response to 9/11 and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. The music sets texts by W B Yeats and Walt Whitman that carry an uncanny resonance with our current, troubled times, all beautifully articulated by the celebrated baritone, Thomas Hampson. Toward the Splendid City for orchestra alone expresses Danielpour’s own love-hate relationship with his hometown, New York City.