Pat’s second CD, Brass Rail Blues, has now been released on Navona Records. It features settings of texts by poets Anne Sexton, Cathy Ann Elias, James Morehead, Ian Morehead, and Alaskan poets Sheila Nickerson, Peggy Shumaker, and Frank Buske, sung by thre wonderful singers — Susanna Phillips, Julia Bentley, and Alicia Berneche. It also features performances by remarkable mandolinist Dimitris Marinos and flutist Caroline Pittman. It is distributed by Naxos and available through iTunes, at Amazon.com and through many other digital and physical distribution sources.
Here’s the official release:
Composer/oboist Patricia Morehead and Navona Records are pleased to announce Ms. Morehead’s third CD, Brass Rail Blues, officially released in May, 2014. Her previous recordings are Cityscape (for full orchestra) on the ERM label (Kiev Symphony Orchestra) and Good News Falls Gently on the Navona label. The CD spotlights the singing of three remarkable artists, Julia Bentley, Susanna Phillips and Alicia Berneche.
BRASS RAIL BLUES features “The Wonderful Musician”, poet Anne Sexton’s very personal take on Grimm fairy tale; “Alaskan Songs”, a setting of four poems by Alaskan poets evoking the unique Alaskan landscape; “The Edible Flute”, inspired by Margaret Atwood’s feminist novel “The Edible Woman”; “Sempre un giorno nuovo”, a haunting setting of an evocative poem by poet Cathy Ann Elias; and “Just Before the Rain”, a work written for and dedicated to the remarkable mandolin virtuoso Dimitris Marinos; and “Three French Songs” on poems by Théodore de Banville and Paul Verlaine set by Philip Morehead.
Compositions on Brass Rail Blues:
ALASKAN SONGS (1989-92), performed by mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, clarinetist Dileep Gangolli, and pianist Philip Morehead. It was recorded live at DePaul University on October 28, 2005.
THE EDIBLE FLUTE (1993) is inspired by the novel “The Edible Woman” by Margaret Atwood which deals with the issue of Woman as the nurturing sex and the inner demands that this makes on her. It was recorded live during a broadcast on WFMT radio in Chicago on October 28, 2002, by flutist Caroline Pittman and pianist Philip Morehead.
THREE FRENCH SONGS (1962) is an oeuvre de jeunesse by Patricia Morehead’s husband Philip Morehead, written before he first went to France to study with the celebrated teacher Nadia Boulanger. It was recorded live in performance in 2001 by mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley and pianist Philip Morehead.
SEMPRE UN GIORNO NUOVO (2011) is a setting of a poem by Cathy Ann Elias, close friend of the composer and an awarded poet in the Italian language. It was recorded by WFMT’s “Live from Studio One” on February 18, 2013, by soprano Alicia Berneche and pianist Philip Morehead.
The two movements from Triptych for soprano and string quartet, SIPPING TEA IN SAMARKAND and BRASS RAIL BLUES (1992), are settings of poems by Patricia Morehead’s sons, James Morehead and Ian Morehead respectively. They were recorded on June 6, 2009 in the WFMT studios by soprano Susanna Phillips and a quartet composed of violinists Aurelien Pederzoli and Elizabeth Choi, violist Kristin Figard and cellist Eric Schaeffer, with Philip Morehead conducting.
JUST BEFORE THE RAIN is a work inspired by a poem by the late Kathleen Lombardo and dedicated to virtuoso mandolinist Dimitris Marinos, who leads this performance recorded at the First Congregational Church of LaGrange on May 25, 2000.
The final work on the CD, a setting of Anne Sexton’s chilling poem THE WONDERFUL MUSICIAN was recorded in performance on March 15, 2003, at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago by mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley and a chamber orchestra conducted by Philip Morehead.
A CD release event is planned for September 2014.