Albany Records, 2018. Stephen Lancaster, baritone, with Kevin Vaughn, organ. Recorded with the Murdy Family Organ, Paul Fritts Opus 37, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, Indiana.
This recording features largely unknown sacred art songs from the late 19th to the late 20th century, including works by American composers Leo Sowerby and Daniel Pinkham as well as their stylistic predecessors Gabriel Fauré, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Max Reger, Louis Vierne, and Gaston Litaize. These composers' common musical vocabulary of chromatic harmony, realized through the expansive timbral palettes of the organ and voice, creates vivid musical settings of sacred poetry.
Le Menu des Mélodies
Centaur Records, 2014. Stephen Lancaster, baritone, with Martin Katz, piano. Recorded at Blue Griffin Studios in Lansing, Michigan.
With Martin Katz, piano, this French art song Centaur release includes commissioned songs by Canadian composer J. Scott Brubacher. Inspired by the elegance and variety of French cuisine, Le Menu des Mélodies (the menu of French art songs) was recorded for no greater reason than the enjoyment of the listener. While the featured composers range in style, they share traits that are uniquely French, which Pierre Bernac describe as “beauty of sonority, rare and subtle harmony, supple modulation, and the resulting interplay of colors.”