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listen12. And What of Love 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (April 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Albany Records
  • ASIN: B0000049MO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harlie Gene Sponaugle on June 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
You may not love Paul Sperry's voice, but you gotta love his wide-ranging interests and his obvious joy in performing American music. Singers exploring the contemporary American art song will note numerous composers' dedications to this quirky tenor, and listening to his recordings, you quickly understand why. His interpretations go right to the heart of the matter, and proceed right over the top only when it's rigorously demanded in the music. Singers looking for new repertoire will also appreciate the extensive liner notes, in which Mr. Sperry explains where he found the songs.
The range of composers, beyond Billings and Bolcom to Weill and Weisgall, is maddening, giving a tantalizing taste of the diverse flavors of American song in the 20th century. The songs run the gamut of emotions, too, from Ben Weber's powerful 'Mourn, Mourn' to Cowell's sarcastic 'Who Wrote This Fiendish Rite of Spring?' to the loving memory of 'George.'
I highly recommend this accessible and communicative Sampler, and would also suggest that listeners try Mr. Sperry's more tightly focussed collection, Romantic American Songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Willie Plaschke on November 21, 2013
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While his vocal timbre may not captivate at first listen, tenor Paul Sperry's endearing and enchanting commitment to American art song certainly will. Sperry finds America to rank with Germany and France as a top producer of quality art songs in the last century, and this sampler supports his findings.

As for the songs themselves, Lauridsen's "And What of Love," Musto's "Shadow of the Blues," Barber's "Solitary Hotel," Foster's "No One to Love," and finally, Yeston's "I Don't Wanna Rock and Roll" are among the gems not to miss. The texts, the settings, and Sperry's performances enrich each other in these and other surprising pieces.

To nit-pick, I wish our musicians found more variety in the Carter and the Rorem. I didn't find Rorem's "For Poulenc" as emotionally charged as it could've been--Sperry seemed stuck on one 'meaning,' so to speak. Carter's "Dust of Snow" is sprightly and ends well, but Sperry's performance doesn't quite match the music; he doesn't step outside of his typical vocal idiom to find nuance as he does in "No One to Love" or even "The Bird & The Beast." Another reviewer put it well in stating that Sperry's earlier album "Romantic American Songs" is more tightly focused, featuring five composers instead of twenty.

These critiques, however, should not sway anyone looking for an accessible, communicative, and diverse collection of American songs.
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