Liam composed this enchanting song cycle for me and pianist Steven Bailey to premiere on CMASH’s second annual New American Chamber Music program in 2008. Liam and I selected the moon-themed poems together, and Steven and I worked closely with Liam throughout his compositional process, contributing musical ideas along the way that were incorporated into the score. Liam left us a great deal of room for improvisation in these magically whimsical songs, allowing for a fresh perspective in every performance. Working in the studio with Leslie and Dann, the cycle evolved in totally unexpected ways, revealing still new surprises. I am thrilled to be able to share Liam’s inventive story-telling and natural affinity for the lyric coloratura instrument with a broad audience, especially as his budding operatic career is propelled by a recent commission from Washington National Opera. Silver Apples has enabled many new listeners to connect with and find joy in the genre of Art Song.
— Soprano Ann Moss
Imagine Weill and Lotte Lenya zonked on some really good drugs goofing around in a Berlin basement. That’s “Silver Apples.”
— John Marcher, A Beast in a Jungle, 11/19/13