AMAIZE SINGSBeethoven, Loewe, Mussorgsky & Shostakovich
Ludwig van Beethoven, Carl Loewe, Modeste Mussorgsky, Dmitri Shostakovich
ODEKHIREN AMAIZE, bass-baritone
David Korevaar, Piano
"Ode has a natural affinity for the bleak, ruminative atmosphere of these songs, building inexorable intensity...David Korevaar provides characterful support throughout"
The Gramophone - November 2005
"There's a real musical personality at work here...for Amaize sings with expressive verve and a palpable love for the repertoire....I admire the musical heart that is beating here..."
American Record Guide - July/August 2005
"[Amaize's performance of Shostakovich's Op.62 settings evoked] a real sense of atmosphere...I relished the long, unfolding lines... through the final number in Mussorgsky's Sunless Cycle"
Fanfare - May/June 2005
PROGRAM NOTESOdekhiren Amaize, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born in Nigeria. He began formal vocal training at the University of Texas and continued at Indiana University, as well as at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia. He was a Fellow at Opera Music Theater International, performing and studying under Jerome Hines, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Moscow. Known to his colleagues as Ode, the bass-baritone has performed internationally in recitals of art songs.
PROGRAMLUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Six Songs of Gellert, Op.48 Nos.1-6
Erlkonig, Op.1 No.3
Tom der Reimer, Op.135a
Four Romances to words by Pushkin, Op.46
Six Songs to Verses by English Poets, Op.62
THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS
Art Songs by African-American Composers
And other Russian Romances
TEN SHAKESPEARE SONNETS
I PRIZE MY SLEEP
Songs by Brahms, Ibert & Shostakovich
FOR DARFUR! IRIN AJO
Sacred Songs and Spirituals