Recordings: The Mount

HENRY DEHLINGER: The Mount

HENRY DEHLINGER: THE MOUNT
World Premiere Recording

Int. Release: Feb 19, 2016

DANIELLE TALAMANTES, soprano
HENRY DEHLINGER, piano

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PROGRAM NOTES


Composed especially for international opera star Danielle Talamantes and commissioned by The Casement Fund, The Mount is a new American art song by pianist, arranger and composer Henry Dehlinger with text by conductor, choral musician and poet Mark Riddles. Based on Riddles' collection of sacred poems in which he casts famous biblical passages in remarkable sensory language, The Mount received a resounding ovation at its New York City world premiere performance on November 15, 2015 in Manhattan’s historic Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity.

The Mount is the first of a five-part art song cycle for soprano and piano and draws inspiration from the mystical vision of the Transfiguration of Christ on Mount Tabor recounted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The ecumenical spirit and interfaith nature of Riddles' text may also draw the listener to another dramatic setting from the Hebrew Bible - Mount Horeb, the “Mountain of God” on which, according to the book of Deuteronomy, the Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God.

The Mount's elegant melodic line and use of Phrygian dominant scales evoke the powerful chants of Jewish liturgical music or deep song (cante jondo) of Spain's Moorish past. At The Mount's climactic summit midway through the piece, Talamantes soars above Dehlinger's sweeping arpeggios, then shifts to a lyric pianissimo as she sings Riddles' beautiful verse.

The original composition was commissioned by The Casement Fund of New York through its Triad Grant, which is awarded each year to three artists – a vocalist, composer and lyricist. Talamantes, Dehlinger and Riddles were the award recipients for 2015. This world premiere recording, available as a digital download, is a Candlewood Digital Natural Presence Technology recording: produced, edited and mastered by GRAMMY winner Richard Price and engineered by GRAMMY nominee Wayne Hileman.

 

Celebrated pianist, composer and arranger Henry Dehlinger has appeared on some of the world's leading stages, from San Francisco's War Memorial and Performing Arts Center to the White House in Washington, D.C. Hailed by London’s Gramophone Magazine for his “exquisite piano-playing” and “vibrantly colorful palette,” he has also appeared as featured soloist with The United States Army Chorus, special guest performer on Washington’s Embassy Row, and in concert for notable public officials, including the President of the United States and the Prince of Wales. ConcertoNet.com praises him as "an experienced and versatile soloist.” MusicWeb International admires his "delicious piano playing," and Audiophile Audition applauds his "adroit and sparkling" performances. Born in San Francisco, he quickly earned a reputation as a prodigious talent. By the age of eleven, he was performing with major orchestras under conductors such as Riccardo Chailly and Edo de Waart and operatic legends Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé and Georgio Tozzi. Dehlinger is a voting member of The Recording Academy, which awards the GRAMMYs. His critically acclaimed recordings on the MSR Classics label are available on Amazon, Apple MusicArkivMusic, Google Play, Spotify, and other music stores and streaming services throughout the web.

www.HenryDehlinger.com

Soprano Danielle Talamantes is an international recitalist who made her Carnegie Hall debut in a sold out solo recital in 2007. Since then, she has sung as soprano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Choralis, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Nashville Symphony, National Philharmonic Chorale and Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Virginia, Seoul Philharmonic, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Trujillo Symphony Orchestra of Peru, and The United States Army Band. She joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in the spring of 2011. In 2015, she made her stage debut as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen in a return to The Met. That same year, she made her Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in the world premiere of Bob Chilcott’s Requiem and returned to the National Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Choral Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate, jubilate. Other highlights include the soprano lead in the world premiere production of Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood with the National Philharmonic, Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Blacksburg Master Chorale, Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the City Choir of Washington, and Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Cedar Rapids Opera. In 2016, Talamantes returns to the Met to reprise her role as Frasquita in Carmen and sing the role of Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco. She also sings the role of Violetta in La traviata at Cedar Rapids Opera and Finger Lakes Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore at Gulf Shore Opera, and Mimí in La bohéme at St. Petersburg Opera.

www.DanielleTalamantes.com

Mark Riddles is a talented choral musician and conductor who has spearheaded and performed some of the most renowned programs of sacred music in the United States. Choral organizations under his direction are recognized for their beauty of tonal production, transparent texture, excellent intonation and lyrical sense of line. Riddles enjoys a wide range of music, and his experience includes congregations in Washington, DC, Indianapolis, New York City and Michigan. He has been affiliated with professional organizations such as the American Choral Directors Association in which he served both as state and divisional repertoire and standards chair in the area of Music and Worship. He conducts programs, presents lectures and publishes articles for chapters of the American Guild of Organists, Choral Conductor’s Guild, and other church music related organizations and publications.

www.DCINY.org

CREDITS


Recorded November 23, 2015 at Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna, Virginia. A Candlewood Digital Natural Presence Technology Recording: Produced, edited and mastered by Richard Price; Engineered by Wayne Hileman. Album cover art: The Transfiguration by Raphael (1520). Album cover design: The Design Studio. Piano technician: James R. Davis.

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