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Dowland in Dublin

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“Dowland's dedication to the song From Silent Night published in a 1612 collection says 'to my loving countryman, Mr John Forster the younger, merchant of Dublin, in Ireland.' Dowland in Dublin is less an attempt to settle the matter of Dowland’s nationality than a delightful project, exploring another way of doing some wonderful songs. Slattery’s voice communicates a remarkable range of sounds, expressions, and inflections. At times the subtleties in his delivery remind us of the Shakespearean, but we’re hearing the comic voice of Twelfth Night or The Tempest, not the elevated language of histories or tragedies. These are love songs, sometimes melancholy and plaintive, sometimes exultant and erotic. Slattery’s voice celebrates love and beauty with every phrase. The more I listen, the more impressed I am at this creation, a wonderful piece of archaeology that seems to unearth another version of Dowland, if not the genuine original. I believe it’s a valid contribution, both as a kind of speculative musicology –via performance research—and of course as a really cool CD. ”

- Leslie Barcza -

“This is the music of life, rendered with a great deal of care. Slattery’s lyric voice is a treat in and of itself, making this a must-hear album. ”

- Musical Toronto -

“La Nef's easy virtuosity and improvisatory brio is intoxicating. No ensemble plays this kind of program better. Of course everything hangs on the skill of the singer and Slattery is terrific. He's a marvelously sensitive singer with a clear, clean tone and is keenly aware of the subtleties of text… This is an outstanding recording in every way. Slattery cuts to the heart of these songs and La Nef are brilliant partners.”

- ARIAMA -

“Michael Slattery has a stellar career ahead of him. It's a real joy to hear this traditional music... Performed beautifully and idiomatically by such a talented and serious artist.”

- GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE -

“The real discovery of this recording has the personal stamp, the ardent intensity of a very young graduate of the Juilliard School: Michael Slattery... this tenor promises much.”

- OPERA FORUM -

“Slattery achieves characterization on the highest level...
A major talent is developing here.”

- KLASSIK -

“In every particular, from the suave musicianship of Nicholas McGegan's orchestra to the six vibrant and tender soloists to the joyous contributions from the Philharmonia Chorale, Atalanta spills over with delights. Everyone rises to the occasion here, with tenor Michael Slattery and baritone Philip Cutlip meriting special mention.”

- THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -

“Alessandro Scarlatti's glorious colours have never shone so brightly through the sepia tints of time than in this new live recording of his "Cecilian Vespers"... the recording is first-class... young tenor Michael Slattery and countertenor Ryland Angel skip through their parts leggiero ma con dignificato.”

- THE CLASSICAL SOURCE -

“Acis is the prominent tenor Christoph Prégardien... therefore, the carefree ease of the young tenor Michael Slattery's Damon makes an even more moving impression.”

- KLASSIK -

“Michael Slattery's Damon offers lovely lyricism.”

- OPERA NEWS -

“Two of the opera’s most beautiful arias were deftly executed by young American tenor Michael Slattery, whose “Sieh, toricher Schafer” and “Liebe kannst du nur gewinnen” exhibit an ethereal beauty, and a sense of urgency.”

- WORD PRESS -

“Michael Slattery is a clean, ethereal Damon.”

- TIME OUT NEW YORK -

“Michael Slattery teams with pianist Thomas Bagwell and treble Nolan Wolfe on this recording of the Sacred Choral Music of Benjamin Britten, with the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.”

“The unrelenting beauty of Slattery's lyric tenor voice... heart-melting immediacy. The listener is transported into a state of tranquil contemplation by Slattery's sincere delivery.”

- CLASSIC FM MAGAZINE -

“The young tenor Michael Slattery turns the messenger’s report of the destruction of the Idol’s Temple into a highly dramatic miniature of the horrible scene, before the chorus, in high form, launches into an impressive closing apotheosis. Great rejoicing and standing ovations for a memorable event.”

- Hessische Allgemeine -

“A worthy soloist team offers colorful harmonious sound and astonishing dynamic shading. At the end, the dramatically intense young tenor Michael Slattery shares in this musical celebration.”

- Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung -

“Recorded live at the gorgeously rebuilt Frauenkirche Dresden Solomon features some of Handel's most magnificent choruses and orchestral passages. Soloists are critical in this work… Nicholas McGegan's need make no apologies, especially the Solomon of countertenor Tim Mead and tenor Michael Slattery as Zadok, both of whom contribute some very lovely singing.”

- CLASSICS TODAY -

“Michael Slattery teams up with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, composer Howard Cass, and conductor Richard Auldon Clark for a musical journey through the writings of Kurt Vonnegut, with narration by the author himself.”

“Judith Clurman’s Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit is a wonderful compilation of Jewish sacred music spanning several centuries. Some is original, some folk-derived, and some a combination. This disc is a celebration of a long-unbroken tradition, and I am honored to have a work of mine included in it. The music on this well-curated disc is exuberant, introspective, forceful, and solemn.”

- NICO MUHLY -

“Sono Luminus proudly presents this truly beautiful and unique collection of choral music by Essential Voices USA, conducted by Judith Clurman, with soloists Ron Raines, Bruce Ruben and Michael Slattery. The recording introduces exciting arrangements of traditional songs that represent the Jewish holidays and life cycle events. Masterfully delivered by this fabulous chorus, and captured by Multi-GRAMMY® award winning producer David Frost”

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YO-YO MA cello | ANTHONY MCGILL clarinet | SHARON STONE & ANSEL ELGORT spoken word

- YO-YO MA cello | ANTHONY MCGILL clarinet | SHARON STONE & ANSEL ELGORT spoken word -

“An all-star cast comes together on one album in support of cure-focused HIV/AIDS research. With new songs by established and emerging American composers, An AIDS QUILT SONGBOOK: Sing for Hope provides a global musical portrait of AIDS today, spanning a range of perspectives and illuminating our interconnectedness in the changing face of the disease. In keeping with Sing for Hope's ethos of volunteerism, all artists involved have donated their time and talent so that of profits from the sale of this album will go to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.”

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