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Harlem String Quartet & Douglas Kinney Frost – Lang & Wellman: The Difficulty Of Crossing a Field (2015)

Artist: Harlem String Quartet & Douglas Kinney Frost
Title Of Album: Lang & Wellman: The Difficulty Of Crossing a Field
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Genre: Classical
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 75:31 min
Total Size: 176 MB

1. opening: 02:23
2. scene [belladonna]: the first telling 08:39
3. interlude 1 – today is the day 01:39
4. scene [monkshood]: the second telling 06:26
5. interlude 2 01:10
6. scene [poison hemlock]: the third telling 10:43
7. scene [poison ivy]: the fourth telling 11:52
8. scene [loco weed]: the fifth telling 10:49
9. interlude 3: the disappearance 02:20
10. scene [black nightshade]: the sixth telling 05:01
11. wordless prayer of thanks 01:08
12. scene [foxglove]: the seventh telling 13:21

Beverly O’Regan Thiele – Mrs. Williamson
Jay O. Sanders – Williamson / Presiding Magistrate
Isaiah Robinson – Boy Sam
Cree Carrico – Williamson Girl
Daniel Zippi – Amour Wren
Christopher Burchett – Andrew
Laquita Mitchell – Virginia Creeper, Chorus Soprano
Nicole Mitchell – Old Woman, Chorus Soprano
Mari-Yan Pringle – Chorus Soprano
Martin Bakari – Chorus Tenor
Jorell Williams – Chorus Baritone
Brandon Coleman – Chorus Bass

Harlem String Quartet:
Melissa White – violin
Ilmar Gavilan- violin
Jaime Amador – viola
Ismar Gomes (guest artist) – cello
Mila Henry – rehearsal pianist

Based on a one-page story by Ambrose Bierce, the difficulty of crossing a field is a joint collaboration in musical theater between composer David Lang and playwright Mac Wellman that recounts, in the words of a recent New York Times performance review, “a strange disappearance and what the neighbors have to say about it.”

Mixing arias with spoken text and emotional melodies with tense drama, the story takes place in 1854 near Selma, Alabama, where a planter named Williamson has vanished without a trace while crossing a field. The original production was staged in March 2002 at the Theater Artaud in San Francisco, starring Julia Migenes as the wife of Williamson, and Tony-award winning singer Anika Noni Rose as the leader of the slave chorus, with music performed onstage by the Kronos Quartet.

This recording of the difficulty of crossing a field was tracked and produced byLawson White, in partnership with Beth Morrison Projects, and features the Harlem String Quartet and an A-list of of New York City’s established and emerging talent in opera and theater, including Beverly O’Regan Thiele, Laquita Mitchell and Jay O. Sanders.


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