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Imagine the outrageous Mae West in a Cecil B. DeMille biblical epic. Judith, a beautiful, wealthy young widow, is reviled by her own people as a gold digging adventuress. When her ancient city of Bethulia is facing brutal annihilation, Judith, wearing her most glittering finery, slips into the enemy camp, seduces and ultimately decapitates the ruthless General Holofernes. This wild homage to the Hollywood movie epic is the latest trip to the cinematic past by the author of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and The Divine Sister.
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NY Legend Steven Blier and Super-Nova Soprano Corinne Winters team up to create a comprehensive recording of Spanish songs in the four Spanish Dialects. Joyce DiDonato says, "This CD is a triple threat: sublime, beautiful songs, exquisite singing, masterful playing. What musical riches Spain has to offer the diverse and transporting glories of Catalan, Basque, Sephardic, and Castilian music. Corinne Winters is one of America's premier new voices, and in Steve Blier she has the collaborator of one's dreams."
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Jorge Martín is one of the most important and influential Cuban/American composers writing today. His opera “Before Night Falls” is a triumph of American opera. This collection of songs, performed by rising stars Andrew Garland and Heather Johnson, are world premier recordings chronicling his work from 1997 to the present.
GPRrecords is proud to launch it's Jazz Division with the legendary
drummer Chris Parker leading his Chris Parker Trio composed of Pianist
Kyoko Oyobe and Bassist Ameen Saleem.
Parker has recorded platinum, gold and Grammy winning albums and CDs with many artists, including the original Brecker Brothers, Bob Dylan, Cher, Donald Fagen, Ashford and Simpson, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Hubbard, James Brown, Salt n' Pepa, Stuff, Miles Davis, Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, and Suzy Boggus, and has toured with Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Joe Cool, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Paul Simon, AkikoYano and Ralph MacDonald. This album comprised of standards and original tunes will be heating up the International Jazz Charts the minute it is released.
Legendary Producer and arranger, Gary Haase lends his unique talent and vision to this CD as he reinterprets the most beautiful and beloved of all classical melodies in his original and innovative Jazz style. Classics reimagined include Bach’s Air on a G string, Faurés Pavane, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No.1 , Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata and more. "This album is a small token of Haase’s work, but it speaks volumes of the man: his intricate understanding of harmony, his professional grasp of musicianship, and the sheer delight he takes in making melodies that can demolish churches but never hurt the heart. Welcome to the world of Gary Haase. Press play and stand back!" - Martin Bashir, journalist.
Internationally renown Mezzo-soprano collaborates with “the Father of American Opera,” Carlisle Floyd, in this World Premier Recording of two song Cycles that Mentzer premiered. Classical music lovers have been enjoying Menzter’s performance of this songs, especially the settings in Letter to the World by Emily Dickinson for many years. Finally, this contemporary masterpiece has been recorded. Jake Heggie says, "The beloved mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer invests every bit of her considerable artistry and passionate singing in these songs. She is the kind of ardent champion most composers can only dream of, and it is thanks to her hard work and commitment that this music is now recorded—that it exists for us to hear. Most important, it gives us more of the invaluable body of work created by an important American composer, Carlisle Floyd."
This remake brings a contemporary interpretation to the timeless masterpiece by Mussorgsky. Presented as complete suite of 12 movements arranged, orchestrated and recomposed for Jazz trio (Piano, Bass, Drums) and Orchestra, by renown composer/conductor Yaron Gottfried, this CD will introduce this eternal piece to a whole new audience.
Oscar Winners Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas join forces and perform these beloved musical compositions based on three children's masterpieces. Catherine narrates the Piano Trio Version (with Trio 21) of The Runaway Bunny, the contemporary classic by Glen Roven; Michael narrates the beloved The History of Babar, with the brilliant score by Francis Poulenc. English Baritone Mark Stone sings Roven's Goodnight Moon along with the GPR Festival Choir. The perfect gift for the young and the young at heart.
Internationally acclaimed actor and Tony Award Winner, Alan Cumming performs Shakespeare's most important and beloved Royal speeches including, "To be or not to be," "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow," "Now is the winter of our discontent," "O that this too too sullied flesh would melt," and many more. These speeches from As You Like It, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Henry V, Henry VIII, King Lear, MacBeth, Richard II, The Tempest, Titus Andronicus and Twelfth Night, were personally chosen by Cumming. Michael Boyd, recent Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company explaimed, "Alan Cumming brings to Shakespeare the lyricism of a genuine singer, the sharp edge of a wicked comic, and the embodied intelligence of a major actor." This is a must for any English student, drama student, actor and lover of Shakespeare, in other words, EVERYONE!
Metropolitan Opera star Patricia Racette began singing in cabarets and is now bringing her career full circle. This live recording of her intimate evening of songs by Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Edith Piaf is a treat for all music and theatre lovers. This opera diva’s voice and astounding stage presence are lovingly captured on her first live CD recorded in concert at the GPR/Sound Associate Studios. “Her singing was robust, nuanced and passionate, befitting a performer of her skill and experience.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
Internationally celebrated tenor, Charles Castronovo celebrates his blood-lines with his album of Neapolitan Songs. Accompanied by Sweet Nectar, Castronovo performs some of the best known and most beloved Canzone Napoletana including, Maria, Mari, Santa Lucia, Malafemmena, Catari, Scetate, Come Faccette Mammetta. Several of the songs are also sung in new English translations by Glen Roven.
Dominating the Amazon Opera Chart at Number One for two weeks,Baritone Andrew Garland, accompanied by Donna Loewy, sings songs by some of the most important contemporary composers in America, Stephen Paulus, Jake Heggie, Lori Laitman and Tom Cipullo. This album is a must for lovers of great singing and contemporary American Art Song. Legendary singer Marilyn Horne exclaimed, "Andrew Garland is a star singer beginning to burst forth. I am his devoted fan and supporter. Don't miss this new recording!!!"
This is a must for any lover of Classical Music. Jeffrey Biegel is an internationally recognized pianist of the first rank who is continually engaged as a soloist and orchestral soloist all over the world. This is his first Chopin CD. "Two of my favorite people in the world getting together--Chopin and Jeffrey Biegel--they make absolute magic together! If you like perfection, please don't miss out on this slice of Heaven. Jeffrey never lets me down with his artistry, musicality and his command of the task at hand." -David Foster
Internationally acclaimed Five Borough Music Festival commissioned 20 composers to write one new vocal work each, inspired by places, themes, and poetry from every corner of New York City. Compiled together into the Songbook, these new pieces serve as a celebration of the entirety of New York City, of its literary history, and of its most promising musical talent. Composers include: Lisa Bielawa, Tom Cipullo, Mohammed Fairouz, Ricky Ian Gordon, Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane, Jorge Martin, Russell Platt, Matt Schickele and more. A monumental two CD set.
Soprano Talise Trevigne's debut album includes the World Premiere Recording of At The Statue Of Venus written by the American Opera mavericks, Jake Heggie and Terrance McNally. To be released on February 12, 2011 in conjunction with Ms. Trevigne's performance in Heggie's Moby-Dick in San Diego. Also on the album are Heggie's song cycle, Natural Selection and Glen Roven's The Santa Fe Songs.
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Geraint Wyn Davies and an all-star cast bring one of greatest poets of the 20th Century off the page and directly into the heart. Hear Thomas’s most famous poems including “Fern Hill,” “Do Not Go Gentle,” and “ In My Craft of Sullen Art,” plus the complete “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” and “A Visit to Grandpa’s.” GPR’s best selling CD..
Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny are two of the most beloved children's books of all time. Both were written by Margaret Wise Brown and this unique album is being released on May 23rd in honor of Margaret Wise Brown's 100th birthday.
Join Jason Alexander, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Baranski, Zoe Caldwell, Tyne Daly, Joanna Gleason, Florence Henderson, Michael Learned, Judith Light, Patti LuPone, Kate Mulgrew, Kathleen Turner and Michael York and more on this spectacular trip through their favorite poems.
Okulitch effortlessly delivers a host of intricately crafted melodies from composers Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Lowell Lieberman, and Glen Roven on this aurally stimulating disc. Okulitch’s mellifluous and chameleon-like delivery makes each of the 29 tunes sparkle, and it’s difficult to imagine a more enjoyable snapshot of a new breed of American songwriters.
The world premier recording brings to life WILLIAM MOSES KUNSTLER who journeyed from comfortable suburban lawyer to America’s most revered and reviled attorney for the civil rights and radical movements of the last half of the 20th Century. KUNSTLER illustrates the rewards and risk of living life in the law while remaining true to one’s principles as Kunstler continues to fight for justice before history rendered a verdict on the controversial causes.
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Written by and Starring Broadway Legend Charles Busch, this is the world premiere of his new play which is an outrageous and bawdy celebration of the Hollywood Biblical Epic Genre! Lepers, whores, eunuchs, centurions, evil generals, youthful poets and a beautiful redheaded widow make Charles Busch’s comedy a story worth praying for.
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