Some of you are no doubt already aware that Donald Hall—the former U.S. Poet Laureate whose verses were masterfully set by two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein—passed away on Saturday, June 23. Readers of this blog know that the resulting song cycle, Mortality Mansions (DE 3548), was released on Delos just this month. We’d like to share Monday morning’s sensitive and thorough New York Times obituary with those of you who haven’t yet seen it. Click HERE to read it in its entirety .
We at Delos can console ourselves with the knowledge that we have contributed, both materially and artistically, to Donald’s shining legacy. How satisfying it must’ve been for him to have held the resulting CD in his hands during his final days, knowing that this release will forever be a significant component of his earthly immortality. Not every poet—while still among us—gets to experience feelings of pride and honor in knowing that an exceptional composer has set his poetry to remarkable music, performed by world-class musicians like tenor Michael Slattery and pianist Dimitri Dover.