On-Demand Audio: Daniel Felsenfeld's Epic Triptych of Fear, Murder and Sexuality at 2014 Ferus Festival
Recorded Live at The Stone on May 18, 2014
Friday, August 08, 2014
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.
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.