HILA PLITMANN

DANAË VLASSE: POÈME

DANAË VLASSE: POÈME

Songs of Life, Love and Loss

Danaë Xanthe Vlasse

HILA PLITMANN, soprano
SANGEETA KAUR, soprano
ROBERT THIES, piano
DANAË VLASSE, piano
JOHN WALZ, cello

[MS1754]

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PROGRAM NOTES
Poème is a collection of nine original compositions inspired by poetry, presented by composer-pianist Danaë Xanthe Vlasse and the distinguished artists she has gathered for this album. Seven romantic art songs based on French poetry are brought to life by award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann and acclaimed pianist Robert Thies. The songs also feature the talents of visionary soprano Sangeeta Kaur and cellist John Walz. The composer herself contributes performances of two works for solo piano. Vlasse’s songs, which set texts written during the 19th century as well as contemporaneously, are driven by the grandiose ideals that define Romantic culture: admiration for nature, celebration of history, devotion to family and the alternating torture and bliss of love for another person. The moods of Poème express the full range of life, from feelings of melancholy, to anger, seduction and joyous abandon.


Award-winning composer, pianist, lyricist and producer Danaë Xanthe Vlasse has contributed much to the world of music, from the concert hall to broadcasts on international radio. As a pianist, she has released several albums of solo works as well as recordings of duets with violinist Mischa Lefkowitz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Performers are drawn to her reverence for their instruments, while audiences applaud her ability to connect to them with emotional immediacy. Her music has been praised in the music press as being “radiant, memorable and magnificent.”
[ www.danaevlasse.com ] [ musicvisionstudios.com ]

Singer, songwriter and actress Hila Plitmann is recognized internationally for a stunning stage presence and superior expressiveness in performing new music across a wide range of genres. A Grammy award winning artist, she has performed as a guest soloist with the many of the world’s leading conductors and major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra. [ www.hilaplitmann.com ]

Pianist Robert Thies maintains a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. Thies, who in 1995 won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, has performed more than 40 concertos with symphony orchestras all over the world, including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia and the Mexico City Philharmonic. He has been described as a pianist of “unerring, warmtoned refinement, with judicious glimmers of power.” [ www.robertthies.org ]

Sangeeta Kaur (Teresa Mai) is a Vietnamese-American soprano, mantra singer, songwriter and producer who performs internationally, and is known as a renaissance woman whose work transcends genre. Kaur’s concert tours have taken her to numerous prestigious venues, including the Sydney Opera House and the Mt. Wilson Observatory in Southern California. Kaur, dedicated to the expression of spirit in music, is the founder of Empower With Art Productions, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating transformative musical events that can have a positive impact on the world. [ www.sangeetakaurmusic.com ]

John Walz is a celebrated cellist admired for his dazzling virtuosity and elegant musicianship. A student of the legendary cellist Pierre Fournier, Walz has appeared as soloist with more than 300 symphony orchestras on four continents. His ever expanding discography includes recordings of concertos by Bloch, Dvorák, Haydn, Martinú, Shostakovich and Vivaldi, and trios by Brahms, Dvorák, Smetana, and others. In addition to his solo and chamber music performances, he is the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Opera orchestra, and is on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Academy.
[ www.john-walz.com ]
PROGRAM
DANAË VLASSE
Le Baiser
Demain, dès l’Aube
Barbara
Piano Nocturne No.4 “Pour Nelson”
Un Lendemain
La Mer
Piano Fantaisie No.2 “Schwanengesang”
Rêverie “La Lune”
Sérénade de Verlaine



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