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Track(s) taken from CDA66920

To a stranger

First line:
Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you
author of text

Robert White (tenor), Samuel Sanders (piano)
Recording details: July 1996
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: April 1997
Total duration: 2 minutes 13 seconds


'This is a very charming record' (Gramophone)

'A delightful, imaginatively wide-ranging anthology. A most enjoyable entertainment as well as a true voyage of discovery' (Hi-Fi News)

'I felt as if I was discovering these songs for the first time' (Soundscapes, Australia)
In late July 1996 I visited my dear composer friend Marc Marder who lives in Paris. A superb bass player and prolific composer of chamber music, songs and film scores, this New York-born artist moved to France some years ago to raise his family and continue his musical career. I asked Marc to write me a piece on an American text—of his own choosing. Marc was leaving for Lyon that very weekend, but he got right to work and finished the music for Walt Whitman’s poem To a Stranger while travelling back and forth on the Paris-Lyon TGV I had gone on to Italy to perform at the Spoleto festival with pianisi Jean-Yves Thibaudet and other artists. When I received Marc’s fax of the song, I showed it to Jean-Yves who immediately placed it on the piano and read it through as I sang. We agreed that it was an excellent song. Marc Marder has given Whitman’s moving text a musical urgency and beauty of line that make the song a delight to sing.

from notes by Robert White © 1997

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