"Beasley's selections reflect considerable intelligence and taste.  Her mastery of four languages and vocal technique are consistently evident.  Her care for words is reflected in her application of her palette of tone color and carefully shaded dynamics.  Her Debussy is intoxicating while her performances of the Tchaikovsky and Strauss are searing and dramatic." 

William Thomas Walker reviews Fashion Sense: Songs in Recital for cvnc.org

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Fashion Sense: Songs in Recital

The word fashion is generally defined as the characteristic feature, manner, or mode in which an artistic work is presented.  This particular album features art song especially selected, recorded, and presented to represent and honor the fashion of the song recital: carefully selected composers, musical styles, and languages that provide a pleasing arc of sound and emotion.   The recital fashion is very much a collaboration between soloist and pianist, and in that sense I am indebted to Scott Watkins, my fabulous collaborative artist who joined with me in striving to make an album as close to live conditions as possible. I would like to thank Michael Olson for minimal editing as sound engineer. His sound design guided this project and assured its successful completion.  I hope you enjoy the spontaneity and transparency of this recording as much as we do. This project and all the recital performances that led to it would not have been realized without the constant, never-ending support of my husband, Jim.  Thank you for always wanting to hear me sing.  These songs are for you.

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) 

 Trois Chanson de Bilitis

1   La flûte de Pan

2   La chevelure

3   Le tombeau des Naïades

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

4   Kaby znala ya, Op. 47, No. 1

5   Den li tsarit, Op. 47, No. 6

6   Ya li v pole, Op. 47, No. 7

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948) 

 Quattro Rispetti, Op. 11

7 I.

8 II.

9 III.

10 IV.            

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

11 Zueignung, Op. 10, No. 1

12 Ich trage meine Minne, Op. 32, No. 1

13 Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27, No. 3

 

Recorded August 11, 12, and 13, 2014

Fashion Sense: Songs in Recital notes and translations