I mentioned earlier that today was the first rehearsal for the recital with piano. Well, it happened, and it was good! It went much better than I had expected. Those expectations aren't knock against the fantastic Carol Zinavage, I mean it to say that with repertoire like this, one never knows what putting the pieces together is going to be like.
Fortunately, we were both prepared and got through the Rorem, Richard Pearson Thomas AND the Urqhart sets in about an hour and a half. If you're familiar with the Rorem pieces, you know they are very difficult individually for both the pianist and the singer. Putting the two parts together is even more difficult due to the way they are sometimes set against each other and the close harmonies that result. The Thomas pieces are even more problematic with the thick textures and complex rhythms and harmonies.
With "new" music, it's always interesting to go into a first rehearsal like this. Usually there are few recordings available, if any, or those that are available are not good resources because (speaking generally) one performer is not prepared, the recording used an older edition of the score, or the quality of the recording is so that you can't really get anything from it. So, you're going in a little blind, which isn't always a bad thing.
With that, I'm happy to provide a positive update and say that I'm very happy with today. Being much further ahead of where you thought you were is always a pleasant surprise!!