Jake Heggie (b. 1961)

Songs for Murdered Sisters (2020), on texts by Margaret Atwood

  1. 1) Empty Chair – Enchantment

    3.55

  2. 2) Anger

    3.46

  3. 3) Dream

    3.47

  4. 4) Bird Soul

    4.05

  5. 5) Lost

    3.48

  6. 6) Rage

    4.40

  7. 7) Coda: Song

    3.18

CD information

Following the murder of his sister in 2015, acclaimed Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins set out on a journey to use his personal and professional voice to wake people up to the global epidemic of violence against women. His call to action inspired the great Canadian author Margaret Atwood to write Songs for Murdered Sisters, a brilliant set of eight poems that American composer Jake Heggie then set to music. In this 27-minute song cycle, a devastated wanderer attempts to find meaning and answers within a landscape of love, loss, grief, anger, rage and possible redemption.

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