“This disc is but the beginning of an exquisite journey…”
“…It is apparent in every song recorded on Stopping By that this submersion in the largely uncharted waters of American Art Song was a labor of love for Kyle Bielfield and Lachlan Glen. Their partnership produces one of the most rewarding explorations of this underserved repertory, joining overlooked recordings by Mildred Miller, Eleanor Steber, and Jan De Gaetani. The quality of these songs can be debated by those with nothing else to do, but the quality of these performances leaves little room for discussion. Kyle Bielfield and Lachlan Glen may well go on to record extraordinary accounts of Die schöne Müllerin, Winterreise, and Dichterliebe. What they have recorded here are performances of some of America’s most beautiful songs that do not attempt to inflate or overstate their importance. Emily Dickinson wrote that ‘This world is not Conclusion. / A sequel stands beyond… / Invisible, as Music… / But positive, as Sound.’ This disc is but the beginning of an exquisite journey, both for these intriguing young artists and for the art of American Song, and the plentiful enticements of this recording inspire the hope that many sequels stand beyond.
“ The most recent song on offer is Mark Abel’s ‘The Benediction,’ composed as recently as 2012 and here recorded for the first time. Truly a ‘crossover’ artist, Mr. Abel’s interests have extended to a broad range of genres and media, and all of his experience united in ‘The Benediction.’ Taking the song at face value, Mr. Bielfield allows the music to weave its spell without imposing his own ‘effects.’ Far too many young singers mistake idiosyncrasy for legitimate interpretation, but Mr. Bielfield never falls into this trap: with a voice of such quality and an artistry as obviously thoughtful as his, he only needs to sing in order to reach the souls of a song and a listener.”— Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts
Read the complete rave review on www.voix-des-arts.com!
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