Updated: Apr 24

Luciano Gallet (1893-1931)

baritone Henrique Carvalho

organist Sam Nelson

This movement (The Lord's Prayer in Brazilian Portuguese) from his Três cantos religiosos highlights Brazilian composer Luciano Gallet's French influences and admiration for Glauco Velásquez. In his short life, Gallet championed the unique roots of Brazilian music through not only his compositions, but also as pianist, conductor, magazine publisher, and director of the Instituto Nacional de Música.

The digital Æolian organ in this recording was developed and provided by Pat Graham Crowe II:

Updated: Dec 27, 2020

Pauline Viardot (1821-1910)

soprano Elissa Alvarez

pianist Eunmi Ko

Written by the generously talented and revered (while still not yet fully recorded) singer, pianist, educator, host, polyglot, and composer Pauline Viardot (née García), this late song depicts the tender and miraculous slumber and awakening of the infant Jesus. The static voice line mirrors his sleeping, and rises dramatically with the piano at the end as his attention arrives on his holy mother and reverberates through the world.

English Translation:

Now Jesus slept

Laid on a swaddle,

The virgin watched over him

And an angel on the wing

Acted as curtain

Hanging over his head.

At his feet a lamb

A sweet and shy beast,

Waited, confident

his master awakes.

And smiling Jesus

With lips ruddy,

Finally opened his eyes

which he turned to his mother,

And the night sky

Gave way to the light.

Josephine Lang (1815-1880)

soprano Janet Ross

mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo

cellist Yeil Park

pianist Lindsay Garritson

pianist Eunmi Ko

Josephine Lang was something of a pianistic and compositional prodigy, though her success was hampered by recurrent health issues. A silver lining to this, however, was that while convalescing at Wildbad Kreuth, by design of Queen Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, she became acquainted with professor, lawyer and poet Christian Reinhold Köstlin, who would become her husband. The two enjoyed a happy marriage and family life until his death in 1856. At this point Josephine Lang renewed her musical motivations to support her five children, and despite some initial struggles, became widely published, with the help of Clara Schumann and Ferdinand Hiller. She composed and taught, despite poor health and psychological difficulties, until her death in 1880 by heart attack. She left behind a strong body of work rivaling any great Lieder composer of the era.