Gordon composed this cycle of songs on poems of Emily Dickinson, for soprano Renee Fleming. It was premiered in 2000 in New York. With a program note and a note from Fleming.
Ricky Ian Gordon is a very talented modern composer whose compositions have been performed worldwide. He is equally at home writing for the concert hall, opera, dance, theatre and film. This collection is a cycle of ten songs for voice and piano using poems by Langston Hughes.
Libretto by Royce Vavrek. With a composer's note and synopsis. Commissioning made possible with a leadership gift from Alison and John Ferring. The opera deals with Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas at their home at 27 rue de Fleurus.
…and the Fall -- Interior -- Friend -- Just Now -- Lullaby -- Three Leaving -- The Different Albertines -- Beat Me a Crown -- Fewer Words -- We Will Always Walk Together -- My Mother Is a Singer -- Fried Dough -- Kid In the Park -- Threnody -- Question -- Home Is There. Gordon sings and plays piano.
Biography, discography, list of performances and awards. Notes on the songs. Collection of 21 songs, including interesting notes about each from the composer.
This disc contains 20 new songs by composers such as Christopher Berg, Lisa Bielawa, Mohammed Fairouz, Ricky Ian Gordon, and more. Various artists.
Okulitch sings music by Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Lowell Liebermann, and Glen Roven, accompanied on the piano by the composers.
Contents: Heaven -- In Time of Silver Rain -- Harlem Night Song -- Dream Variations -- Stars -- Love Song for Antonia -- Port Town -- Daybreak in Alabama -- Dreams/Feet o’ Jesus -- Song for a Dark Girl -- Litany -- Genius Child. With Ricky Ian Gordon, piano.
...Chris DeBlasio, Ricky Ian Gordon, John Harbison, Fred Hersch, Lee Hoiby, Steven Houtz, David Krakauer, Libby Larsen, Annea Lockwood, John Musto, Ned Rorem, Donald St.Pierre, Richard Thomas, Donald Wheelock, Richard Wilson. Dedicated to William Parker; recorded on Harmonia Mundi CD 907602.
…The Red Dress -- Recuerdo -- Song -- Just An Ordinary Guy -- Poem -- The More Loving One -- Otherwise -- We Will Always Walk Together -- An Old Fashioned Song -- What The Living Do -- Once I Was -- who knows if the moon’s a balloon -- Poor Girl’s Ruination/Dream Keeper. With Ricky Ian Gordon, piano.
…of the Sex Situation/Resume). With program notes. Commissioned by the Opera Omaha Fall Festival 1992. Premiered by Angelina Reaux, Michael Sokol, and Ricky Ian Gordon. Texts by Dorothy Parker. This is a piano reduction; the music was originally scored for voices with septet. Duration ca. 39 minutes.
Helton performs several songs by Gordon, who accompanies on the piano. This disc also features the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra.
This mini-opera was composed by Gordon as a reponse to the death of his partner, Jeffrey Grossi, from AIDS. Performed by baritone Jesse Blumberg and the Miami String Quartet.
Contents: Five Dances -- Desire Rag -- The Caste System -- They Dance (for Orpheus and Euridice) -- Ring-A-Ding-Ding.
A Civil War opera on a libretto by Mark Campbell. Featuring Mark Walters, Faith Sherman, Matthew Tuell, and others. Rob Fisher conducts the Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra.
A production of the Houston Grand Opera. With Frederica von Stade; David Matranga; Carolyn Johnson; Cecilia Duarte; and more. Conducted by Timothy Myers.
Commissioned by the Tisch Center of the Arts. Gordon sets poems of loss by Jane Kenyon, Jean Valentine and Marie Howe. Dedicated to the memory of Gordon's partner, Jeffrey Grossi. With a program note.
This opera, on a libretto by Royce Vavrek, is based on the salon of Gertrude Stein. Featuring soprano Stephanie Blythe. With the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
This work was commissioned by clarinetist Todd Palmer. Gordon wrote the text as a reaction to the illness of his partner, Jeffrey Grossi. With program and biographical notes. A clarinet part is available separately.
A collection of 21 songs by Gordon, including Heaven, Blessing the Boats, Run Away, Summer, Wild Swans, New Moon, My Mother is a Singer, Bus Stop, Finding Home, Let Evening Come, and more. With a biography and notes on the songs.
…by Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Premiered in July 2008 by Jesse Blumberg and the Miami String Quartet. The poems by the composer relate the story of the death of Gordon's partner, Jeffrey Grossi. The piano is unplayed until the last song, when it is played by the baritone. Duration ca. 1 hour.