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Ricardo Zohn Muldoon: Songtree (2019)
Oberlin Music #OC 18-03
Literature is a frequent source of inspiration for Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, whose extended song cycle Songtree is based on poetry by William Shakespeare and Mexican author Raúl Aceves.
“The soprano is often tasked with singing less as a soloist and more as one of the many crucial members of the ensemble, a role Arnold fulfills to a T. When presented with opportunities to step out square into the spotlight, she grips your attention like no other. Whew, does she sing beautifully up high: gently searing.” — Cleveland Classical
David Liptak: Dove Songs (2019)
New Focus #FCR224
Composer David Liptak releases a collection of chamber works, featuring the cycle,"Dove Songs," written for soprano Tony Arnold with pianist Alison D'Amato. Liptak, longtime composition professor at the Eastman School of Music, writes music that is expressively rich and poignantly lyrical. Rounding out the program are pieces for guitar, cello and piano, and violin and piano, featuring guitarist Dieter Hennings, cellist Steven Doane, violinist Renee Jolles, and pianists Margaret Kampmeier and Barry Snyder.
Schoenberg: Book of the Hanging Gardens (2018)
New Focus #FCR192
Pianist Jacob Greenberg connects two post-Wagnerian compositional lineages on this beautifully curated release, that of Debussy and Schoenberg. Soprano Tony Arnold makes a guest appearance for Schoenberg's The Book of the Hanging Gardens.
“The performance of the Schoenberg here is exceptional: communicative, great diction, dead-on pitch and ensemble.” — American Record Guide
Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 18 (2017)
"Yellow Moon places…the radiant soprano Tony Arnold in haunting evocations of the texts, with the singer joining in the instrumental activity on a variety of percussion.” — Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone
“…sung to perfection by Arnold… this is Golden-Age singing in a completely modern piece.” — Lynne René Bailey, The Art Music Lounge
On the Nature of Thingness: ICE performs Chen and Davis (2016)
Winner: Best Contemporary Classical Album
15th Annual International Independent Music Awards
"...sung by Tony Arnold with a moving fluidity, and sometimes a subtle sense of humor, as the text demands." — Allan Kozinn, San Francisco Classical Voice
Webern: Vocal & Chamber Works (2015)
"Five sets of songs with piano, sung with remarkable poise and warmth by soprano Tony Arnold accompanied by pianist Jacob Greenberg, dominate the disc.…What all the songs have in common…is brevity: each is a perfectly etched miniature, a nugget of impacted lyricism, and Arnold unwraps them with immense care." —The Guardian
Eckardt: Subject (2015)
"The soprano part, given an astonishing reading here by Tony Arnold, blends with the ensemble at times, and at other times leads them into new sonic territory. Tongues is a revelation, a piece that deserves many performances and much discussion." —Burning Ambulance
Messiaen: Harawi (2013)
New Focus #FCR131
"Fiercely articulate performances." —Cleveland Plain Dealer
"One of the best new interpretations of Messiaen in years." —WQXR Album of the Week
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Eckardt: Undersong (2011)
"Tony Arnold negotiates its high tessitura, extensive chromaticism, and angular melismas with a graceful fluidity that few other vocalists can muster in such challenging fare. Simply put, she's a rock star in this genre." —Sequenza 21
Webern: Vocal Works (2009)
"From her first arching phrase, Tony Arnold sings Webern's 1910 Rilke Settings as if they are part of a Straussian twilight." —New Zealand Herald
"…admirably mellifluous… " —Gramophone
Berio: Sequenzas (2005)
"Tony Arnold's aplomb is simply stunning." —MusicWeb International
"Tony Arnold's breathtaking Sequenza III is the best performance of this most popular Sequenza that I have ever heard…" —Sequenza 21
Schubert: Song Cycle (2012)
New Focus #FCR127
Tony Arnold and Dan Lippel perform unusual 19th century guitar transcriptions of Schubert's lieder.
"The performances are worthy ones." —American Record Guide
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Kurtág: Kafka Fragments (2009)
Special CD/DVD Set
"Arnold and Pogossian [are] both astonishing performers. …it is an interpretation of the highest caliber, worthy of the high standard set by its few predecessors. In many ways, it represents an ideal performance." —Opera News
"It is first class in every way…" —International Record Review
Crumb: Apparition; Early Songs (2009)
Bridge #9312 DVD
"A special treat on this program is vocalist Tony Arnold. …Apparition [is] here rendered with the greatest vividness and luminosity by Arnold and Shannon. …Tony Arnold's pure tones, her cleanly rendered melismas, and her unfailing sensitivity to the meaning of the text, all serve to convey Whitman's paean to Death as the central point between life and a return to the universal life force." —Sequenza 21
Tony Arnold performs Larry Barnes' mesmerizing score on the soundtrack of Lee Boot's science-based-self-help-art film, Euphoria. Winner of the Gold Award for Feature Documentary at the Houston International Film Festival.
Of Challenge and of Love (2003)
"Tony Arnold and Jacob Greenberg are vital and powerful interpreters." —Classical Music Web
"Tony Arnold is particularly impressive in her scrupulous attention to Carter's dynamic shadings…" —Gramophone
Thomas: Absolute Ocean (2014)
Portrait of Augusta Read Thomas, including live concert recording of Absolute Ocean on the poetry of ee cummings, with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra under the direction of William Boughton.
Crumb: Ancient Voices (2005)
2006 Grammy Nominee: Best Small Ensemble Performance
"…totally fearless delivery."—Classics Today
"Amazing soprano Tony Arnold is a worthy heiress to Jan DeGaetani's heretofore untouchable throne…" —American Record Guide
Zohn-Muldoon: Cantos (2010)
World premiere recording of Ricardo Zohn Muldoon's operatic masterwork, Comala, finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize.
"At times, one almost gets the impression that Tony has a whole orchestra of voices within her vocal cords." —Ricardo Zohn Muldoon
Music from soundSCAPE (2013)
New Focus #FCR140
Debut recording of the soundSCAPE festival, featuring Tony Arnold, percussionist Aiyun Huang, and pianist Thomas Rosenkranz in world premiere recordings of works by Josh Levine (soundSCAPE commission), Richard Carrick, and Mark Applebaum.
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Xenakis: Akanthos (2013)
International Contemporary Ensemble's latest recording of the uncompromising and riveting music of Iannis Xenakis, including Akanthos for soprano and ensemble. All under the leadership of the legendary Steven Schick.
Babbitt: Quatrains (2003)
"Quatrains is a delight on the ear, with Tony Arnold's pure and accurate soprano delicately making music with two clarinets." —BBC Music Magazine
Wolpe: Vocal Music (2007)
"Arnold has a lovely focused lyric voice, quite bright in tone and she sings Wolpe's expressionist vocal lines with a fine line." —MusicWeb International
Winham: Vocal Music (2013)
This recording was produced by the legendary soprano Bethany Beardslee, for whom Godfrey Winham wrote The Habit of Perfection for soprano and string quartet, and To Prove My Love, three songs with piano on texts of Shakespeare.
Elliott Carter: Vol. IX (2013)
"Here are a few gorgeous pieces penned by the younger man: Voyage and Warble for Lilac Time, thrillingly performed by Tony Arnold and the Colorado College Festival Orchestra led by Scott Woo." —eMusic
Cavallone: Vocal Works (2012)
World premiere recording of Frammenti Lirici, commissioned by Tony Arnold and Movses Pogossian, along with Scendero a Patti for soprano and ensemble.
Leon: Singin' Sepia (2008)
"Tony Arnold, a bold, powerful interpreter, gave a riveting account of the demanding work." —New York Times
"Tony Arnold's performance is rich and intimate." —Sequenza 21
Carter: Orchestral Songs (2008)
"Here the neoclassic Carter is recorded beautifully by soprano Tony Arnold and sensitively conducted by Scott Yoo with the Colorado College Festival Orchestra." —New Music Connoisseur
Lee: A Quiet Way (2009)
World premiere recording of A Quiet Way by Eun Young Lee. With June In Buffalo ensemble.