Laura Claycomb, soprano • Marc Teicholz, guitar
“Laura Claycomb … sang with limpid tone, dazzling technique and eloquence; even stratospheric pitches were negotiated with delicacy and pliancy.” —Dallas Morning News
“(Marc Teicholz is) … both technically gifted and musical to the core.” –Los Angeles Times
This beguiling album is the first for Delos by brilliant American coloratura soprano Laura Claycomb. Best-known for her work in opera, she explores here an entirely different aspect of her artistry: a more intimate and personal interpretive approach featuring assorted art songs with guitar. And she has found an ideal partner in guitar wizard Marc Teicholz: her longtime collaborator and musical soul mate.
Our dazzling, yet subtly interactive duo undertakes a broad-ranging program of vocal music, either written originally for voice and guitar, or with accompaniments transcribed (mostly by Marc) for guitar. The array ranges from English-language settings by American eclectic Marc Blitzstein and British icon William Walton through treatments of French texts by Georges Bizet, Claude Debussy and the Hungarian exile Mátyás Seiber to Spanish and Portuguese settings by Manuel de Falla and Heitor Villa-Lobos.