Chiaroscuro (Phosphor Records)

July 31, 2015

Jane Sheldon (Soprano) & Zubin Kanga (Piano)

About the Album

Soprano, Jane Sheldon and pianist, Zubin Kanga perform modern works for voice and piano. The album features works by George Crumb, Kaija Saariaho, Arnold Schoenberg, and new works by Australian composers Rosalind Page and Daniel Rojas, all exploring themes of love and death. It was recorded with a beautiful piano made in Australia by Stuart & Sons.

Track List:

1. I. The Night in Silence Under Many a Star
2. Vocalise 1: Summer Sounds
3. II. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd
4. III. Dark Mother Always Gliding Near with Soft Feet
5. Vocalise 2: Invocation
6. IV. Approach Strong Deliveress!
7. Vocalise 3: Death Carol ("Song of theNightbird")
8. V. Come Lovely and Soothing Death
9. VI. The Night in Silence under Many a Star
10. Il Pleut
11. Iltarukous
12. Saget mir
13. Jedem Werke bin ich fürder tot
14. Wenn ich heut nicht deinen Leibberühre
15. Das schöne Beet betracht ich mir im Harren
16. Du lehnest wider eine Silberweide
17. Sprich nicht immer von dem Laub
18. El poeta habla por teléfono con el amor
19. El amor duerme en el pecho del poeta
20. Noche del amor insomne
21. Soneto de la guirnalda de rosas
22. Llagas de amor
23. El poeta pide a su amor que le escriba
24. Sonata

Within seconds an atmosphere of calm envelops the listener to the sublime performances on this album.
– Vincent Plush in the Australian
Chiaroscuro is an album that takes art song into the future
– Shamistha de Soysa in SoundslikeSydney.
Sheldon and Kanga acquit themselves wonderfully, displaying Sheldon’s technical assuredness and Kanga’s artistry at projecting immensely complex music without ever upstaging or drowning out the voice.
– CD review of Chiaroscuro, Gordon Kerry, The Music Trust, 2015