Two wonderful sessions with singers in the last fortnight. The first with bass Jud Arthur, who overdubbed the title role of my opera Dracula. The wide range required (low E flat to top F) and changes of character were brilliantly handled.
The second session was with Lorina Gore, who recorded the first and second poem from Three Poems by Gwen Harwood. Lorina's singing was exquisite and seemingly effortless, perfectly matching the emotional intensity of the texts (Dialogue and In Brisbane). The third Poem (An Old Graveyard) will be recorded on the 19th of this month.
These two works, along with my String Songs, will make up a Tall Poppies double CD which will hopefully be released by the end of May. The booklet is under weigh and the final mastering of the recordings can begin. A photo session with Jud and Lorina for the CD cover, with a backdrop of the ruined Whitby Abbey, is set for the 23rd.
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