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Danielle Buonaiuto: Marfa Songs

by Danielle Buonaiuto

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes with a 16-page insert including song texts, composers' program notes, and an Introduction by Phyllis Bryn-Julson.

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“This excellent CD is a truly remarkable addition to the singer/piano repertoire.”
– Phyllis Bryn-Julson

The debut album of soprano Danielle Buonaiuto presents the premiere recordings of 19 songs from 4 emerging composers: Douglas Buchanan, Natalie Draper, Cecilia Livingston, and James Young. These lovely, gorgeous songs will appeal to those who enjoy accessible melodies and traditional vocal beauty.

James Young’s sizzlingly virtuosic “Heathen” from Marfa Songs opens the CD like a shot out of a cannon. Bryn-Julson notes, “The ease with which collaborative pianist John Wilson and Buonaiuto bring across the meaning of the songs belies their difficulty and makes them all the more thrilling to listen to. The piano writing is simply out of this world and the vocal writing is handled with apparent ease by the soprano. It is thrilling to hear how they carry it off seemingly without difficulty.”

Regarding Cecilia Livingston’s two works, Bryn-Julson remarks, “I again heard outstanding beauty of sound, sensuality, dance rhythms, and wonderful new ideas.”

Bryn-Julson observes that in Natalie Draper’s O sea-starved, hungry sea, “There are tone-painting techniques which invoke the sense of the sea, letting us ‘see’ the waves and desolate shores. The piano links the songs quite effectively through preludes or postludes [and] the final ‘Full fathom five’ section of the Postlude is simply gorgeous.”

Concerning Douglas Buchanan’s Scots and Waters, Bryn-Julson comments that the “skilled composer does not imitate, however, and reveals his own distinctive voice. I loved the simplicity of ‘Loch Lomond,’ with its bareness of sound and surprising key changes throughout.”


Soprano Danielle Buonaiuto’s performances have been praised for their “terrific clarity and color” (Baltimore Sun), her “entrancing and fluid” singing (DC Metro Theatre Arts), and her “ethereal vocals” that reveal “exquisite vocal technique and luscious colors” (OperaWire). Since making her symphonic debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2011, Buonaiuto has appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the orchestras of the Caramoor Festival, Peninsula Music Festival, and Lucerne Festival Academy. She has premiered over 60 songs as well as roles in 6 operas. Buonaiuto is a founding member of ChamberQUEER, a Brooklyn-based chamber music series that highlights the music of LGBTQ+ composers.


Pianist John Wilson has been hailed as a “marvelous musical mad scientist” (Music Critics Association of North America) and for his “virtuosity” (Miami Herald) and “inventiveness” (San Diego Tribune). He has performed U.S. and world premieres of solo works by Michael Tilson Thomas, duo works by Timo Andres and Judith Lang Zaimont, and ensemble works by Steve Reich, Reinbert de Leeuw, and HK Gruber.


released August 21, 2020

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