HEAVEN AND EARTH - A DUKE ELLINGTON SONGBOOK
 

DANIELLE TALAMANTES, soprano
HENRY DEHLINGER, piano


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ALBUM DESCRIPTION

2016 NEW RELEASE: In her sophomore album, Metropolitan Opera Soprano Danielle Talamantes crosses over into the realm of jazz with a recording filled with standard gems and rarely heard masterpieces. With arrangements by Henry Dehlinger, Larry Ham, Caren Levine, and Marvin Mills, this album's charts were almost exclusively written for this very recording. . Click here to view program notes.


News

Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Season is Announced! 


I've been grateful to call the Metropolitan Opera home since the 2010-11 season and, after making my stage debut last season, will look forward to returning to this incomparable house next season! I will be reprising my role as Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen as well as debuting the role of Anna in Verdi's Nabucco. Check out this great article on the Met's announcement! 

CD Release Concert and Reception 


Soprano Danielle Talamantes and pianist Henry Dehlinger celebrate the release of their critically acclaimed new album, Canciones españolas with a CD Release Concert in the venue where it was recorded. Join Danielle and Henry after the concert for a reception and get your copies of the CDautographed by the artists. Sunday, November 23rd at 7:00PM at Vienna Presbyterian Church. No tickets required, a free will offering will be accepted at the door.
 

Danielle Talamantes Announces New Album Release 

Soprano Danielle Talamantes, a rising star on the international opera scene, and pianist Henry Dehlinger, widely acclaimed for his interpretation of Spanish classical music, today released their new album, Canciones españolasOrder the album here.

The new MSR Classics release features a gorgeous recital of songs by three of Spain's greatest composers - Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, and Joaquin Turina.

 



Robert LaPorta, founder and CEO of MSR Classics and 26-year veteran of the music industry, will oversee the album’s product management and distribution. “Henry and I are pleased to release Canciones españolas on the MSR Classics label," said Danielle Talamantes, “and we’re thrilled to take advantage of Rob's energy and expertise.”
 

Canciones españolas was produced, edited and mastered by Richard Price, whose work was honored with two 2005 Grammy nominations and 1993 Grammy award, and engineered by Wayne Hileman. Messrs. Price and Hileman are the founders of and driving force behind Candlewood Digital LLC, recognized as one of the finest classical recording firms in the United States.
 

Canciones españolas is a Candlewood Digital Natural Presence™ recording, which means this high-resolution CD reproduces the music’s full dynamic range, as intended by the performers.
 

"Many people now listen to highly compressed music all the time and think there is something wrong with a CD if they have to turn their volume knob up," said Henry Dehlinger. "To enjoy this recording, put it on a high quality system and turn it up so you can experience the music as if you were listening to a live performance."


Program

ENRIQUE GRANADOS (1867 – 1916)
[1] LA MAJA Y EL RUISEÑOR from GOYESCAS

CANCIONES AMATORIAS
[2] Mira que soy niña
[3] Mañanica era
[4] Serranas de Cuenca
[5] Gracia mía
[6] Descúbrase el pensamiento
[7] Lloraba la niña
[8] No lloréis, ojuelos

MANUEL DE FALLA (1876 – 1946)
SIETE CANCIONES POPULARES ESPAÑOLAS
[9] El paño moruno
[10] Seguidilla murciana
[11] Asturiana
[12] Jota
[13] Nana
[14] Canción
[15] Polo

JOAQUÍN TURINA (1882 – 1949)
TRES ARIAS, OP.26
[16] Romance
[17] El Pescador
[18] Rima

 


About MSR Classics

MSR Classics is a division of MSR Music, founded in 1997 as Musicians Showcase Recordings by Robert LaPorta, a 26-year veteran of the music industry. Mr. LaPorta served as Director of Classics at Angel Records and the EMI-Virgin Classics label group. He was also Marketing and Production Manager with London-Decca Records, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips Classics of the PolyGram label group. Mr. LaPorta is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and former member of the Grammy Classical Committee. [ www.msrcd.com ]


About Candlewood Digital

Candlewood Digital LLC is one of the finest classical recording firms in the United States. It was founded in 2006 by Richard Price and Wayne Hileman, following thirty combined years of working together at one of New York's premier classical recording studios. Mr. Price has over 900 commercial CDs to his credit and was honored with two Grammy nominations and one Grammy award. Mr. Hileman has 22 years of experience in the classical recording business producing, engineering, editing and remastering new and historic recordings for numerous labels and artists. [www.candlewooddigital.com ]

"Canciones españolas" to be Released by MSR Classics 

Soprano Danielle Talamantes announced today that her upcoming classical album entitled Canciones españolas, will be released on the MSR Classics label.

Talamantes and Pianist Henry Dehlinger have signed with MSR Classics and are thrilled with the expertise and energy that the independent record label has been providing.

"Things are really moving now, and we can officially begin the countdown to the album's release." Talamantes said. "Album Producer Richard Price and Recording Engineer Wayne Hileman from Candlewood Digital have provided MSR with the finished and fully mastered disc, and we can't wait to get it pressed."

MSR Classics engaged designer Tim Schwartz at Onion Productions to create the package, and musicologist and author William Craig Krause from Hollins University to write the essay which will be featured in the liner notes.

Professor Krause's essay is entitled Granados, Falla, Turina and the “Mysterious Beyond.”  It is a story about the relationships of these composers to one another, to Spain, and the times in which they lived. He looks at these musical works in terms of how they reflect the aesthetic aims of the composers.

"I'm thrilled Bill was able to write an essay for this project," Talamantes said. He is an internationally renowned expert on Spanish classical music and recently co-authored Federico Moreno Torroba: A Musical Life in Three Acts which is available on Amazon. He is also writing a book on the life of Joaquin Turina, one of the three composers featured on the album.

Stay tuned for the official release date!

Talamantes Announces Metropolitan Opera Stage Debut 

Soprano Danielle Talamantes today announced that she will make her stage debut in a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen during the 2014-2015 season, beginning this September.

"I'm thrilled to be back at the Met and taking part in this timeless masterpiece," Talamantes said. "I'm also thrilled to be working with renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann and mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca."

Richard Eyre’s stunning production of Carmen returns with two of its great leading ladies, Elina Garanca and Anita Rachvelishvili, who share the title role of the ill-fated temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko, Roberto Alagna, and Jonas Kaufmann take turns playing Carmen’s desperate lover, Don José. Pablo Heras-Casado and Louis Langrée will share conducting duties.

For more information, please visit http://www.metoperafamily.org.

Put it on a High Quality System and Turn it Up! 

Soprano Danielle Talamantes and pianist Henry Dehlinger are happy to announce that the "first edits" of their upcoming classical album, Canciones españolas, have been completed.

What’s next? They'll give the CD a few good listens (or ten or twenty). Then, they’ll listen to each track in detail just to make sure there aren’t any spots they’d like to revisit. Last, they’ll make sure they like the timings between tracks.

Grammy award-winning producer Richard Price and sound engineer Wayne Hileman from Candelwood Digital LLC went through the September recording session takes very carefully for these “first edits,” and they represent what they think is the best available material. Not starting points, but a finished, polished and ready to press CD.

Candlewood Digital puts a blurb on their recordings that have large dynamic ranges. (Canciones españolas has a huge dynamic range, and that’s a good thing!):

“This high-resolution CD reproduces the music’s full dynamic range, as intended by the performers. To enjoy this recording, put it on a high quality system and turn it up!”

"Many people now listen to highly compressed music all the time and think there is something wrong with a CD if they have to turn their volume knob up, which is not the case, especially with great classical music recordings like this one," says Richard Price. "The knob certainly should be turned up for this CD so you can enjoy both the soft nuances and passionate fortissimo moments."

After a couple straight-through listens, Talamantes and Dehlinger think it’s absolutely fantastic!

About Candlewood Digital

Candlewood Digital LLC is recognized as one of the finest classical recording firms in the United States. It was founded in 2006 by Richard Price and Wayne Hileman, following thirty combined years of working together at one of New York's premier classical recording studios. Mr. Price has over 900 commercial CDs to his credit and was honored with two Grammy nominations and one Grammy award. Mr. Hileman has 22 years of experience in the classical recording business producing, engineering, editing, and remastering new and historic recordings for numerous labels and artists.

Talamantes Announces Debut Recording Project 

Soprano Danielle Talamantes today announced she will release a debut album. Entitled Canciones españolas, the ambitious recording project with collaborative pianist Henry Dehlinger will feature 18 Spanish classical songs by Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, and Joaquín Turina. It's being funded through Kickstarter.

To ensure Talamantes and Dehlinger can meet the cost of producing a commercial CD comparable to a major label production, they’re raising $8,800 through Kickstarter. How does Kickstarter work? Each donor to the Canciones españolas project is a "backer" who will receive a specific reward based on the sum committed. For example, anyone who pledges $20 or more will get an autographed, pre-release copy of the CD.

Talamantes and Dehlinger are offering bigger rewards for the project’s most generous backers. These include a full-length concert at home featuring selections from the new album, or a Paella Valenciana dinner with Talamantes and Dehlinger followed by a special salon recital. They also have premier orchestra seat tickets to hear Talamantes at the Met this fall and tickets to the 2014 CD release party!

Once they meet their funding goal, they’ll begin production in September 2013. All 18 tracks will be recorded, edited and mastered by producer and sound engineer Richard Price from Candlewood Digital.  Price has over 900 commercial music CDs to his credit, and his work has earned a Grammy award plus two Grammy nominations. This is a huge investment for Talamantes and Dehlinger, but they felt they needed this level of sound engineering to ensure the finished CD is comparable to major label productions like Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Naxos, or Sony Classical Records.

The album will include three cycles of Spanish art songs: Granados’ Canciones amatorias (Love Songs), Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas (Seven Spanish Folksongs), and Turina’s Tres arias (Three Arias). We will also record La maja y el ruiseñor (The Maid and the Nightingale), the gorgeous soprano aria from Granados’ opera, "Goyescas", which will be programmed as the album’s opening track.

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