“When words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Andersen
Deborah Selig, soprano, Ayako Yoda and Shiela Kibbe, piano
This album inspired by and dedicated to my former teacher John Mack.
View the full text to Marcia Kraus’s song cycle here Three Fairy Tales Text
Below is a brief personal note I want to share with you about this album.
The cornerstone and launching point for this entire album, is Marcia Kraus’s Three Fairy Tales, which tells the story of “The Emperor and The Nightingale”, “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Ugly Duckling” through song. I stumbled across the piece during my junior year at Florida State University. I immediately fell in love with the work! Before I performed it, I contacted the composer, Marcia Kraus, for program notes and we talked about the piece in great length. She informed me that the piece was written and premiered by the renowned oboist, John Mack and that her husband Felix played English horn in the Cleveland Orchestra with John Mack for many, many years.
A few years later, I was fortunate enough to study with John Mack at The Cleveland Institute of Music. During my time studying with John Mack in Cleveland, Marcia Kraus and I kept in contact. She attended many of my recitals and our friendship continued to grow. The idea of recording this piece has been on my mind for almost a decade. This is a very alluring work that really connects, captivates and entertains audiences. However, until now the timing hasn’t been right. Recently all of the pieces of this puzzle have come together and I am overjoyed that this idea/dream has come to fruition.
With this work as the centerpiece, the entire CD has a very mystical/imaginative motif. I chose the other pieces on the album to create a very well rounded, accessible and enjoyable cd that will appeal not only to people who have listened to classical music for years, but also to listeners who might be new to the genre.
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