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Long Road Home: William Barnewitz, Ursula Oppens, Joyce diDonato and more

Long Road Home: William Barnewitz, Ursula Oppens, Joyce diDonato and more


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Bill Barnewitz, horn
Anne-Carolyn Bird, soprano
Joyce DiDonato, soprano
Eglise Gutierrez, soprano
Jennifer Holloway, soprano
Margaret Butler, oboe
Todd Levy, clarinet
Ted Soluri, bassoon
Carol Anderson, piano
Ursula Oppens, piano

Composers develop their own voice and personality; singers develop their own vocal character and colour. This beautiful and unusual recital disc by Bill Barnewitz, principal horn of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, explores the voice of a special instrument and of a particular musician. Bill offers chamber works which feature the horn either as a solo personality or integrated into an ensemble. There are songs in which the horn is included, in its own right, as a partner to the voice. Bill also performs two of his own transcriptions in which the horn replaces the singer, taking on both the original voice part and the text. Throughout, Bill, like an operatic interpreter, assumes a variety of roles and uses the full expressive resources of his instrument to bring a variety of personalities to life.

Long Road Home is a passionate and personal project for Bill Barnewitz. In 2001, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, not, in his own words, “a welcome event in my life.” As he has adjusted to the permanence of his affliction, he has met others coping with the disease, found many who are working in support capacities such as research, education and cure, and many more who want to help. Long Road Home is a collaboration of those in the latter group, fellow-musicians and friends who have devoted themselves to this project, to make an enjoyable recording that also raises money to support a worthy cause.

J. S. BACH (1685 – 1750) (arr. Barnewitz)
1. Mache dich, mein Herze, rein from ‘St. Matthew Passion’ (with Ursula Oppens) (6:54)

Conradin KREUTZER (1780 – 1849)
2. Das Mühlrad, Op. 72 (with Joyce DiDonato, C Anderson) (5:53)

Richard STRAUSS (1864 – 1949)
3. Andante for Horn and Piano, AV 86A (U Oppens)(4:36)
4. Alphorn, AV 29 (J Holloway, C Anderson) (4:39)

Franz SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828)
5. Auf dem Strom, D 943 (with A-C Bird, C Anderson) (10:09)

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791)
Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452
6. Largo-Allegro Moderato (9:51)
7. Larghetto (9:00)
8. Allegretto (5:33)
(U Oppens, M Butler, T Levy, T Soluri)

9. ‘Lungi da te, mio bene’ (9:18)
Sifare, Act II, from Mitridate, Rè di Punto K 87/74a
(E Gutierrez, C Anderson)

Johannes BRAHMS (1833 – 1897) (arr. Barnewitz-Oppens)
10. Wiegenlied, Op. 49 (1:49) (U Oppens)

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