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Kernis: Simple Songs; Valentines; Songs of Innocents - Daniel Druckman (percussion); Danielle Farina (viola); Dave Grossman (bass); Donald Berman (piano); Jesse Mills (violin);...
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  1. Simple Songs, for soprano & piano
  2. Valentines, for soprano & piano
  3. Songs of Innocents, Book 1, for soprano & piano
  4. Songs of Innocents, Book 2, for soprano & piano
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American composer Aaron Jay Kernis, born in 1960, has become a fixture of American concert halls with his absorbing symphonies and chamber works, Romantic but technically tough-minded. Here the listener gets something different and more intimate: Kernis song cycles that in at least one case are quite personal; all are distinguished by the range of poetry involved and the subtlety of the composer's response to them. Most remarkable, perhaps, is Valentines, written in memory of Kernis' teacher Jacob Druckman to texts by ...