HENRY DEHLINGER: The Mount

HENRY DEHLINGER: THE MOUNT, written especially for international opera star Danielle Talamantes, releases today.

Pianist, composer and arranger Henry Dehlinger today announced the release of a new recording of The Mount, his new opus composed especially for international opera star Danielle Talamantes and commissioned by The Casement Fund of New York. It is available now as a digital download on Amazon MP3, iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, and other music stores and streaming sites. With text by conductor, choral musician and poet Mark Riddles, The Mount is based on Riddles' collection of sacred poems in which he casts famous biblical passages in remarkable sensory language.

The Mount made its New York City world premiere performance on November 15, 2015 in Manhattan’s historic Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, where it received a resounding ovation.

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The Mount's elegant melodic line and use of Phrygian dominant scales evoke the powerful chants of Jewish liturgical music or deep song (cante jondo) of Spain's Moorish past. At The Mount's climactic summit midway through the piece, Talamantes soars above Dehlinger's sweeping arpeggios, then shifts to a lyric pianissimo as she sings Riddles' beautiful verse.

The original composition was commissioned by The Casement Fund of New York through its Triad Grant, which is awarded each year to three artists – a vocalist, composer and lyricist. Talamantes, Dehlinger and Riddles were the award recipients for 2015. This world premiere recording is available only as a digital download.

Credits

Recorded 23 November 2015 at Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna, Virginia. A Candlewood Digital Natural Presence Technology Recording: Produced, edited and mastered by Richard Price; Engineered by Wayne Hileman. Album cover art: The Transfiguration by Raphael (1520). Album cover design: The Design Studio. Piano technician: James R. Davis.. ℗&© 2016 Danielle Talamantes and Henry Dehlinger.

About Henry Dehlinger

Celebrated pianist, composer and arranger Henry Dehlinger has appeared on some of the world's leading stages, from San Francisco's War Memorial and Performing Arts Center to the White House in Washington, D.C. Hailed by London’s Gramophone Magazine for his “exquisite piano-playing” and “vibrantly colorful palette,” he has also appeared as featured soloist with The United States Army Chorus, special guest performer on Washington’s Embassy Row, and in concert for notable public officials, including the President of the United States and the Prince of Wales. ConcertoNet.com praises him as "an experienced and versatile soloist.” MusicWeb International admires his "delicious piano playing," and Audiophile Audition applauds his "adroit and sparkling" performances. Born in San Francisco, he quickly earned a reputation as a prodigious talent. By the age of eleven, he was performing with major orchestras under conductors such as Riccardo Chailly and Edo de Waart and operatic legends Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé and Georgio Tozzi. Dehlinger is a voting member of The Recording Academy, which awards the GRAMMYs. His critically acclaimed recordings on the MSR Classics label are available on Amazon, Apple MusicArkivMusic, Google Play, Spotify, and other music stores and streaming services throughout the web.

www.HenryDehlinger.com

About Danielle Talamantes

Soprano Danielle Talamantes is an international recitalist who made her Carnegie Hall debut in a sold out solo recital in 2007. Since then, she has sung as soprano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Choralis, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Nashville Symphony, National Philharmonic Chorale and Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Virginia, Seoul Philharmonic, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Trujillo Symphony Orchestra of Peru, and The United States Army Band. She joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in the spring of 2011. In 2015, she made her stage debut as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen in a return to The Met. That same year, she made her Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in the world premiere of Bob Chilcott’s Requiem and returned to the National Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Choral Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate, jubilate. Other highlights include the soprano lead in the world premiere production of Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood with the National Philharmonic, Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Blacksburg Master Chorale, Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the City Choir of Washington, and Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Cedar Rapids Opera. In 2016, Talamantes returns to the Met to reprise her role as Frasquita in Carmen and sing the role of Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco. She also sings the role of Violetta in La traviata at Cedar Rapids Opera and Finger Lakes Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore at Gulf Shore Opera, and Mimí in La bohéme at St. Petersburg Opera.

www.DanielleTalamantes.com

About Mark Riddles

Mark Riddles is a talented choral musician and conductor who has spearheaded and performed some of the most renowned programs of sacred music in the United States. Choral organizations under his direction are recognized for their beauty of tonal production, transparent texture, excellent intonation and lyrical sense of line. Riddles enjoys a wide range of music, and his experience includes congregations in Washington, DC, Indianapolis, New York City and Michigan. He has been affiliated with professional organizations such as the American Choral Directors Association in which he served both as state and divisional repertoire and standards chair in the area of Music and Worship. He conducts programs, presents lectures and publishes articles for chapters of the American Guild of Organists, Choral Conductor’s Guild, and other church music related organizations and publications.

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About Candlewood Digital

Candlewood Digital LLC is one of the finest and most sought-after classical recording firms in the United States. It was founded in 2006 by Richard Price and Wayne Hileman, following thirty combined years of working together at one of New York's premier classical recording studios. Mr. Price has over 900 commercial CDs to his credit and was honored with two GRAMMY nominations and one GRAMMY award. Mr. Hileman, also a GRAMMY nominee, has 22 years of experience in the classical recording business producing, engineering, editing and remastering new and historic recordings for numerous labels and artists.

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