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When I was a child, one of my favorite activities was sitting on the floor with old photo albums, gazing at pictures of people I never knew, but with whom I still sensed a connection. I could see pieces of myself in them: the cleft in my grandfather's chin, my great grandmother's nose. Those photos revealed whom and where I came from, and connected me to a different time and place.
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  1. Forgiving Our Fathers: I. The Tunnel

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  2. Forgiving Our Fathers: II. The Empty Body

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  3. Forgiving Our Fathers: III. Answers

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  4. Forgiving Our Fathers: IV. Forgiving Our Fathers

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  5. Forgiving Our Fathers: V. Moon

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  6. My Native Land

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  7. Walking

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  8. Ann Street

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  9. Autumn

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  10. The Camp-Meeting

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  11. Three Poems of Robert Frost: I. Dust of Snow

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  12. Three Poems of Robert Frost: II. The Rose Family

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  13. Three Poems of Robert Frost: III. The Line-Gang

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  14. Three Songs, Op. 45: I. Now have I fed and eaten up the rose

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  15. Three Songs, Op. 45: II. A Green Lowland of Pianos

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  16. Three Songs, Op. 45: III. O boundless, boundless evening

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  17. Le passage des rêves: I. La dormeuse

    by Randall Scarlata & Lara Ward

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  18. Le passage des rêves: II. Les pas

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  19. Le passage des rêves: III. Le sylphe

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  20. Le passage des rêves: IV. À l'aurore

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Album description

Lineage brings together musical selections from composers Robert Maggio, Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, Samuel Barber and Benjamin C.S. Boyle and features pianist Laura Ward and baritone Randall Scarlata.

Album Reviews

Baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Laura Ward pored over dozens of scores in planning this recording. Central to their project was a focus on American composers, and they wanted a personal connection with both the texts and their musical interpretations. Two cycles kept rising to the top: Benjamin Boyle's Le passage des rêves, and Robert Maggio's Forgiving Our Fathers. While the styles of these two compositions were markedly different, the performers were drawn to the gift for narrative the works share and their color palettes that evoke other times and places. The other works, by Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, and Elliott Carter, were chosen to complement these two cycles. Known for his versatility and consummate musicianship, Randall Scarlata's repertoire spans five centuries and 16 languages. A sought-after interpreter of new music, he has given world premieres of works by many well-known composers including George Crumb, Ned Rorem, Lori Laitman, and Samuel Adler, among many others. His extensive discography includes recordings on the Chandos, Naxos, CRI, Gasparo, Arabesque, Bridge, Albany, and Sono Luminus labels. Pianist Laura Ward is Artistic Director of Lyric Fest, a unique vocal recital series in Philadelphia. As a distinguished collaborative pianist she is known for both her technical ability and vast knowledge of repertoire and styles. Amazon Editorial Review