Performance: Vita Brevis

The Art of American Song: An Evening with Carole Farley and Friends
September 15, 201;New York Chamber Music Festival at Symphony Space

Review by Frank J. Oteri: The Price of Admission

Although Moravec originally composed the song cycle Vita Brevis for tenor and piano in 2001, he re-arranged it for voice and piano trio in 2009 and that is how it was presented on Saturday night by Farley with Moravec behind the piano, joined by NYCMF’s President and CEO Elmira Darvarova on violin and Samuel Magill on cello. It’s a surprisingly uncommon combination—the only other work so scored that’s immediately coming to my mind is Rorem’s Auden Songs from 1989—but as Moravec pointed out in his comments to the audience it’s nice to be able to match long vocal notes with instruments that can sustain.

Carole Farley and Friends

Paul Moravec, William Bolcolm, David Leisner, Carole Farley, and Ned Rorem (left to right) back stage at Symphony Space following their concert of American art songs at Symphony Space.

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