Searching the Heart
Searching the Heart, the sophomore album of soprano Andrea Edith Moore, returns her to the love of art song for piano and voice. This selection of songs and cycles from four of her contemporaries, composers Shanan Estreicher, Stacy Garrop, Tony Solitro, and Tarik Ghiradella, convey the emotional warmth and dynamism of her voice and the sensitivity and precision of Robert Brewer’s exquisite piano accompaniment. The songs range from grieving and wailing to prayerful resolve and twinkling wonder, proving this genre maintains the range and the power to move contemporary ears.
“A major new work... Five stars: A fascinating new chamber opera... Moore’s singing is hauntingly intense.”
Fanfare Magazine - Henry Fogel
"This is a slice of southern culture that could easily pass under your radar, and that would be unfortunate."
American Record Guide - Robert Moore
Kith & Kin
American composer, and native son of rural North Carolina, Daniel Thomas Davis’s haunting and humorous work Family Secrets: Kith & Kin —Part Chamber Opera – Part Song Cycle– fuses new, original texts of renowned authors of the New South: Allan Gurganus, Daniel Wallace, Frances Mayes, Jeffery Beam, Lee Smith, Michael Malone, and perhaps the last published and only known work set to music by the late Randall Kenan. This series of interconnected dramatic portraits explore and reveal secrets through the rooms of houses in small-town scenes that tell of murder, gossip, humor, regret, solace, and ultimately…forgiveness.
Andrea Edith Moore Mother/Daughter
Jane Holding, Neighbor/Friend
Elizabeth Phelps, violin
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Bo Newsome, oboe, English horn
Lisa Kaplan: Piano
Hank Smith, Banjo
Timothy Myers, conductor
Recorded and mixed by Ian Schreier at Manifold Studio, Pittsboro, NC
Produced by Elaine Martone