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To Paradise with Onions: Songs and Chamber Works of Edith Hemenway
Track listing: Doors: Moderate, despondent; Doors: Very slow and expressive, but in a steady tempo; Doors: Agitated; Questions of Travel: Landscape Viewed from a Train Window; Questions of Travel: The Dog Plagued by Fleas; Questions of Travel: Waterfalls; Questions of Travel: Journey of the Ancients; Questions of Travel: The Rented Car; Questions of Travel: Siesta; Questions of Travel: Think of the Long Trip Home; To Paradise for Onions; A Child’s Garden of Verses: Fairy Bread; A Child’s Garden of Verses: Where Go the Boats?; A Child’s Garden of Verses: Windy Nights; A Child’s Garden of Verses: The Cow; A Child’s Garden of Verses: Rain; A Child’s Garden of Verses: Farewell to the Farm; Asian Figures: I eat the cucumber my way; Asian Figures: Autumn rides down on one leaf; Asian Figures: Thread has to go where the needle went; Asian Figures: Ferns bend into the water / over there egrets are flying / I sit helpless with longing; Asian Figures: It’s only where pretty girls live / that he thinks his lost hen / might be found; Asian Figures: Oh temple flower / blooming in the dragons’ mouth; Asian Figures: Daybreak with clouds flying and one star / like a knife in the hill; Asian Figures: if I could find her I would see nothing else; Asian Figures: Life / candle flame / wind coming; Asian Figures: When you’re finished go home; Four Poems of Langston Hughes: Island; Four Poems of Langston Hughes: Down and Out; Four Poems of Langston Hughes: Midwinter Blues; Four Poems of Langston Hughes: Hope.
Claron McFadden, Roberta Alexander, Nancy Braithwaite, Michael Stirling, Vaughan Schlepp: To Paradise with Onions: Songs and Chamber Works of Edith Hemenway
by Hrayr Attarian
American composer Edith Hemenway wrote some of the most sublimely impressionistic music of the 20th century. Yet, outside of a small circle of aficionados and admirers, she remains virtually unknown. Unfortunately, despite her long career, To Paradise with Onions is the first time her work has been released on disc. Produced by longtime collaborator, clarinetist Nancy ...