David DeVasto
John G. Bilotta
Paula Diehl

Release Date: August 14, 2015

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Scott Uddenberg, Baritone
Sarita Cannon, Soprano
Bradford Gleim, Baritone

On CRIMSON & LACE, Navona Records' compilation of modern works for voice and chamber ensemble, composers John G. Bilotta, David DeVasto, and Paula Diehl present works that depict the struggles as well as the rewards of human experience, such as heartache, death, love, hope, uncertainty, tragedy, and the resilience of the human spirit.

John G. Bilotta's The Song of the Hermit Thrush for soprano, flute, oboe, violin, viola, and violoncello uses text from a section of Walt Whitman's poem "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." The excerpt is a celebration, welcoming "the sure-enwinding arms of cool-enfolding Death." Winter Seven for baritone, choir, flute, viola, and piano by David DeVasto presents seven images of winter and the "wintry," cold, even brutal aspects of human experience. From natural phenomena to the Black Plague and the Civil War, this seven-movement work depicts a cycle of winter itself, from the onset of chill to the first glimpses of spring, illustrating a struggle toward some intimation of acceptance and hope.

Paula Diehl's works Anyone and Wedding Day use the composer's system of composition called Separation, which uses overlapping 4ths as the working intervals, gradually separating them in phases until total separation is achieved. In the latter piece, the narrator discusses the uncertainty and fear reflected in the bride on her wedding day. Anyone is inspired by the quote: "Light frames what is, but the Dark holds in place what is not" - a reflection of the uncertainty and obscurity of life.

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