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Michaels, Patrice & Kuang-Hao Huang / Notorious R B G In Song
Album:Notorious R B G In Song Collection:Classical
Artist:Michaels, Patrice & Kuang-Hao Huang Added:07/2018
Label:Cedille Records 

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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-07-20 
Reviewed: 2018-07-20
Genre: Classical
FCCs: none
Review: Soprano Patrice Michaels, Ginsburg's daughter-in-law, and collaborative pianist extraordinaire Kuang-Hao Huang offer this album of world-premiere recordings saluting the life and work of legal pioneer Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The recording has as its centerpiece The Long View, a song cycle by Michaels. Michaels has marvelous diction, which remains clear high into the range with her perfect trill and high coloratura. Her total dedication, respect and love for her husband's mother show through. The album fills out the cycle with performances of RBG-dedicated songs by other women and an excerpt from Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg.
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Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
The Long View
1/ Prologue: Foresight (2:16) – lovely piano starts> midtempo song> quick stop
*2/ Celia: An Imagined Letter From 1949 (6:35) – vocal start acapella> slow song with piano> builds in intensity and mellows again> quick stop
*3/ Advice from Morris (3:32) – piano starts slow & quiet> slow song with soaring vocals> quick stop
4/ On Working Together (4:22) – vocal starts> midtempo song with words almost spoken> swings into uptempo lilting song> quick stop on spoken word
* 5/ Anita’s Story (4:10) – piano starts> uptempo song> crescendo> pause> melody shift> midtempo song> stops like an exclamation point
*6/ New York, 1961 (2:15) – piano starts> midtempo song> lovely piano solo> stop
*7/ The Elevator Thief (5:02) – vocal starts> midtempo song with ululating vocals> shifting melodies & song with spoken word interjected
8/ Dissenter Of The Universe: Five Opinions And A Comment (5:38) – piano starts> spoken word>
midtempo acapella song with piano interspersed (this sequence repeated several times) quick stop on vocal
*9/ Epilogue: The Long View, Questions Answered (3:36) – piano starts> uptempo song> pause> melody shift to slow song> swells to midtempo and crescendos on vocal
10/ Wider than The Sky (1:57) – piano starts> slow song> fade> pause > song> fade
**11/ Pot Roast A La RBG (4:23) – piano starts> uptempo song soars into high registers> midtempo song swings back uptempo & slows again, swings back up & soars to climax
12/ My Dearest Ruth (6:31) – piano starts> slow song soars into high registers & mellows again, then soars again> quick stop
*13/ You Are Searching In Vain For A Bright-Line Solution, From Scalia/Ginsburg (5:02) – vocal starts acapella slow song> slow piano interlude> slow song slowly builds to midtempo> soars into high registers> uptempo song> crescendo> pause> uptempo song> long vocal crescendo & stops on

Track Listing
1.(The Long View) Prologue: Foresight 7.(The Long View) The Elevator Thief
2.(The Long View) Celia: An Imagined Letter From 1949 8.(The Long View) Dissenter Of The Universe: Five Opinions And A Comment
3.(The Long View) Advice From Morris 9.(The Long View) Epilogue: The Long View, Questions Answered
4.(The Long View) On Working Together 10.Wider Than The Sky
5.(The Long View) Anita's Story 11.Pot Roast A La R B G
6.(The Long View) New York 1961 12.My Dearest Ruth
 13.You Are Searching In Vain For A Bright-Line Solution, From Scalia/Ginsburg