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Review: The Vocal-Chamber Art -- Music by Judith Lang Zaimont

(Leonarda CD 343)

[as printed in Pan Pipes Fall 2000, Volume 93, Number 1]

Greyed Sonnets is, appropriately, more powerful, more adventurous in sound, while the Chansons Nobles are more closely related to the French tradition of understatement. Zaimont keeps the accompaniaments rather independent, does not always follow the structure of the poem in the music, but succeeds in presenting the text in a clear setting, with a fine balance of words and music. These songs are far from easy to sing, but are an impressive contribution to the song cycle repertoire....

I am especially impressed with the broad range of styles and sounds that Zaimont brings to such widely divergent poems.

- Jocelyn Mackey

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