Adding to the list of critically acclaimed collaborations with Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes, this world-premiere recording of Henry Dehlinger's art songs from Avie Records represents the culmination of a prolific period for the composer and the fruit of a close and rewarding friendship with the soprano and her bass-baritone husband, Kerry Wilkerson. The original works in this recital were composed especially for their voices.
The title track opens Henry’s 10-part song cycle set to texts by James Joyce. Inspiration for other songs comes from poetry by Dante, Edgar Allen Poe, Oscar Wilde, and the Biblical Song of Songs. Throughout, Henry’s modern yet tonal compositional voice shines through as he renders a diverse palette of musical styles to amplify the words he sets to music.