Danielpour: Darkness in the Ancient Valley / Guerrero, Nashville Symphony
The program closes with A Woman’s Life (2007), based on a cycle of poems on that topic by Maya Angelou, who read the cycle, apparently unforgettably, to Danielpour and his wife in 2006. These songs are pitch perfect and memorably touching. I was enthralled from the start—a childhood poem of devastating innocence cloaked with an aura usually reserved for the likes of Barber—and if you love his music and American song repertoire in general you must hear this cycle. The finale is unspeakably beautiful. Ms Brown sings with loving understanding. The Nashville players sound great, as is usual these days.
–American Record Guide
Catalog Number: 8559707
Composer: Richard Danielpour
Conductor: Giancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Performer: Angela Brown, Hila Plitmann