On-Demand Audio: Daniel Felsenfeld's Epic Triptych of Fear, Murder and Sexuality at 2014 Ferus Festival

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On May 18 at The Stone, VisionIntoArt's inaugural Ferus Festival presented a night of three narrated solo cantatas by composer Daniel Felsenfeld exploring themes of fear, jealousy, sexuality, slavish devotion, anxiety and murder. The performers included narrator Wesley Stace; sopranos Kamala Sankaram, Heather Meyer, and Kacey Cardin; harpsichordist Emily Manzo, cellist Michael Nicolas and flutist Sarah Carrier.

The workshop-performance began with Summer and All it Brings, a solo cantata for soprano, narrator and chamber orchestra with a libretto by the poet Ernest Hilbert. In the following cantata, In Every Composer is a Murderer, the voice spun languid, atonal lines that intertwined with the flute, over spindly harpsichord accompaniment; its five scenes set text by Wesley Stace. Raw Footage is a ten-minute chamber work for soprano, speaker, flute, cello and harpsichord with poetry by poet and scholar Robert Coover. 

VisionIntoArt (VIA), the multimedia production company co-founded at the Juilliard School in 1999 by composer Paola Prestini has commissioned works from composers, choreographers, poets, filmmakers and other artists, with particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaborative projects.

There is one cantata which may contain explicit language that is offensive to some individuals.  

Complete Program:

Daniel Felsenfeld - Summer and All It Brings

Daniel Felsenfeld - In Every Composer Is a Murderer

Daniel Felsenfeld - Raw Footage

This concert was recorded and mixed by Jay Eigenmann.