Songs of Innocence and of ExperienceNaxos 8.559216-18 
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Setting the 46 poems of William Blake's book of the same name, Bolcom's magnum opus, Song of Innocence and of Experience won four 2006 Grammy Awards: 

• Best Classical Album 
• Best Choral Performance 
• Best Classical Contemporary Composition 
• Producer Of The Year, Classical [for Tim Handley] 

"Bolcom's dream of setting Blake's poems to music began when he fell under their spell as a teenager; he worked on the composition of Songs of Innocence and of Experience on and off for 25 years, completing it in 1982. Blake's own principle of "contraries" and his use of many poetic traditions is a perfect counterfoil for Bolcom's eclecticism, which encompasses styles ranging from solemn chorales, lush romanticism, abrasive, dissonant modernism, to jazz, folk, country, and rock. His interpretation of the poems, which he calls "A Musical Illumination," is sometimes startling, but always interesting, highly personal, and unquestionably sincere....For some of the most arresting, convincing settings, Bolcom uses his well-known and beloved cabaret style, sung to perfection by his wife and partner, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris." — 

Songs of Innocence and of Experience 

Christine Brewer, Measha Brueggergosman, Ilana Davidson, Linda Hohenfeld, Carmen Pelton, Sopranos 
Joan Morris, Mezzo-soprano 
Marietta Simpson, Contralto 
Thomas Young, Tenor 
Nmon Ford, Baritone 
Nathan Lee Graham, Speaker/Vocals 
Tommy Morgan, Harmonica 
Peter "Madcat" Ruth, Harmonica and Vocals 
Jeremy Kittel, Fiddle 
Leonard Slatkin, Conductor