Reviews of "Voices of the Valley"
"Recommended." - Harley Sponagle, American Art Song
- "I strongly recommend the CD Voices of the Valley. It is beautifully undertaken, the voice
and blend perfect. I love the feel and the interpretation."
Michael Dixon, director
In-Touch Radio - “Connecting the World As One”Glastonbury, England
Danielle Woerner, "Voices of the Valley"
"What started as a one time gig for SUNY Ulster artist-in-residence Danielle
Woerner (soprano) performing works by Hudson Valley composers, became an
encore gig, then the positive response required a proper documentation of
the event. The late Alan Shulman¹s too-brief Milton ode ('Song of the Moon
Festival in the Woods') has a sweetly nocturnal flavor, leading to darkly
whimsical renderings of Emily Dickinson poems by Robert Baksa. Pianist James
Fitzwilliam brings a melodic neo-Classicism, with accompaniment by cellist
Susan Seligman with his song cycle 'Eternity,' which also incorporates the
words of Dickinson. Peter Schickele, AKA PDQ Bach, supplies 'Three Songs for
a Wedding,' which approach lyrics by William Cavendish and Dante Gabriel
Rossetti with a more Kurt Weill-inspired style. Robert Starer takes Gail
Godwin¹s text 'Anna Margarita¹s Will,' and sets it with flute, horn, cello,
and piano, bringing a more contemporary tonality to the collection, while
Aurora Northland¹s song cycle (words by Pearl Bond) 'The Unicorn Love Poems'
return to tonality, with simpatico accompaniment from pianist Barbara
Pickhardt. Throughout the CD, Woerner gives each song special resonance, and
no composer can ask for more."
"Voices of the Valley: Danielle Woerner, Soprano, Sings Music by Hudson
Valley Composers, on the Albany label, is an excellent compilation of
contemporary vocal music.
Let me start by saying that Danielle Woerner is a contemporary composer’s
dream come true! Her voice, her passion and her vision bring to life
these new art songs by composers Alan Shulman, Robert Baksa, James
Fitzwilliam, Peter Schickele, Robert Starer and Aurora Northland.
Danielle Woerner is a contemporary composer's|
dream come true!... She sings with romantic
passion music that is intricate and exacting.
I will keep listening to this CD because of the beauty exemplified in
Woerner’s voice and expression. She sings with romantic passion music
that is intricate and exacting. The songs by these composers are well
worth the attention of all those interested in contemporary art songs.”
-- Dr. Helmut Christoferus Calabrese for
New Music Connoisseur
"'Voices of the Valley' is Simply Sensational"
Daily Freeman, Kingston NY
December 22, 2006
By David Malachowski
"And you thought a soprano was a Mafia guy in New Jersey.
"Let's start out by saying that area soprano Danielle Woerner really
has some amazing pipes. Magnificent, glorious and larger than life,
Woerner is a singer's singer, to be sure.
"With Voices of the Valley, she sings music by Hudson Valley
composers. Renowned pianist Peter Schickele, Susan Seligman (cello)
and James Fitzwilliam (piano) all make contributions. And though most
of this outing is merely voice and piano, nothing else is really
needed when you have the huge rich round sound that just flows from
"Starting out with a fine Alan Shulman piece, 'Song of the Moon
Festival in the Woods,' followed by Robert Baksa's 'A Shady Friend for
Torrid Days' and 'Heart, We Will Forget Him,' Woerner and friends
interpret this material with depth and weight.
Danielle Woerner really has some amazing pipes.|
Magnificent, glorious and larger than life,
Woerner is a singer's singer, to be sure.
In the 21 tracks, Woerner volleys from dark and delicious to anxious
and urgent. With Fitzwilliam's 'At Least to Pray is Left,' spare
cello joins in. The cello colors [Fitzwilliam's song cycle]
Eternity, while Schickele chimes in with
3 Songs for a
Skillfully produced by Baikida Carroll and engineered by Scott Petito
at NRS in Catskill, this release is simply sensational. The folks on
American Idol should hear this! That would give them some
perspective on what a real singer is.
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David Malachowski is a guitarist, producer and
freelance journalist living in Woodstock.