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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released March 5, 2013 | Ondine

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio - La Clef du mois RESMUSICA
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Classical - Released June 7, 1991 | Nonesuch

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 1, 1997 | Ondine

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released March 28, 1997 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 4, 2005 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Opera - Released September 13, 2005 | Nonesuch

Experience is the best teacher, and Dawn Upshaw's third foray in to the world of American popular song proves it. Although I WISH IT SO (songs of Sondheim, Bernstein, Blitzstein, and Weill) and DAWN UPSHAW SINGS RODGERS & HART demonstrate an excellent grasp of the style of singing required for non-"classical" theatre songs, this disc of Vernon Duke surpasses its predecessors. Duke wrote songs for a number of stage shows and revues from the 1930s through the 1950s, and had the benefit of collaborating with some of the best lyricists of the time, including E. Y. Harburg and Ira Gershwin. The results were songs which are jewels of the repertoire, classics like "Autumn in New York" and "I Like the Likes of You." Upshaw presents Duke's work here in a comfortable style and with obvious love for the material. This is no mere nod to popular music from an operatic diva; Upshaw's devotion to 20th century music of the United States goes beyond classical and concert works. She has developed a cabaret-type sound appropriate to the songs, and works well with her collaborators, among them Fred Hersch and John Pizzarelli.
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Pop - Released August 15, 2004 | Nonesuch

Making song recordings with context and cohesion is one of Dawn Upshaw's specialties, and one of her best qualities. Voices of Light, with pianist Gilbert Kalish, is a masterpiece in that regard, pairing the underappreciated songs of Olivier Messiaen with those of Debussy, Fauré, and relative newcomer Osvaldo Golijov. The result is a heady and interesting program -- one that feels exciting right out of the wrapper. The Messiaen and Golijov are fantastic, and by themselves justify the purchase of the album; "Prière Exaucée" (Prayer Granted) from Poèmes pour Mi, for instance, has an electric, visceral joy; and Golijov's "Lúa Descolorida" (Colorless Moon) unfurls the kind of slow, simple beauty that makes sadness a thing to be savored. The rest of the album is somewhat uneven, largely because Upshaw's French is too wordy, too accented, and too removed from the essential melodic quality of the language to capture the music's real mojo. Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis in particular, three of the most erotic and ephemeral songs he ever composed, seem sexless and disjointed, wanting for a more syrupy and evocative vocalism. But Kalish is on the money, playing with the kind of "raindrops on a pond" color and articulation that bring the best out of impressionism. Fauré's La chanson d'Ève fairs better, benefiting from Upshaw's careful attention to poetry. In the end, this is a highly recommendable recording that offers the welcome opportunity to hear some less-familiar gems lovingly performed.
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Opera - Released September 13, 2005 | Nonesuch

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Opera - Released September 13, 2005 | Nonesuch

"The title track...[shows Earl Kim to be]a composer...able to shape atonality into rich lyricism...Upshaw goes for clear enunciation and a foward vocalism that lets her make the right impact...The backup chamber musicians are superb." Rating: A
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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released September 3, 1999 | Warner Classics International

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Opera - Released September 13, 2005 | Nonesuch - WBR

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Opera - Released November 1, 2005 | Nonesuch

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