From Stephen Salters, Powerful and Elegant Singing
Stephen Brookes
Monday, December 5, 2005; C05

Stephen Salters is one of the rising voices … he's intensely imaginative and adventurous … From the Washington premiere of William Bolcom's "To My Old Addresses" to a sublime "Begin the Beguine," Salters brought wit, brains and ain't-no-big-thing charm to every syllable.

… pianist Zobel is no slouch either, and the interplay between the two was a constant joy. The whole recital … was so satisfying that it's hard to find a peak…

This was sophisticated repertoire for a sophisticated voice … Salters … sound is rich and powerful … [his] command of detail and dynamics is precise and elegant … it's no wonder that the audience brought him back for four spectacular encores.

program

Washington Première

William Bolcom (1938-)
To My Old Addresses

Lady Death (Winans)
The Next Table (Cavafy)
Histrion (Pound)
Ballad of the Landlord (Hughes) The Embrace (Doty)
Africa (Weinstein)
To My Old Addresses (Koch)

The Black Russian: Alexander Pushkin
The Prisoner Alexander Alyabiev (1787-1851)
The Statue at Tsarskoe-Selo Cesar Cui (1835-1918)
Do Not Sing Beautiful One Before Me Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
The Miller Alexander Dargomizhsky (1813-1869)
For the Shores of Your Far Native Land Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
The Drinking Song Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Histoires Naturelles
Le Paon
Le Grillon
Le Cygne
Le Martin-Pêcheur
La Pintade

World Première

Arranged by Michael Ching(1967-)

Americana (2005), Vol.1
Turkey in the Straw
Wayfaring Stranger
Father Grumble
Shenandoah
When the Saints