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Album Release Date:
 October 1, 2002

what the critics are saying

“The most distinctive music this season.”
–USA Today

“Like the Langston Hughes poems that inspired them, the Ricky Ian Gordon melodies in this song cycle are suspended between yearning and ecstasy, between life's troubles and its transcendent joys.”
–LA Times

“This gorgeous, meditative collection about reaching spiritual bliss is enhanced by lyrical composition and near-perfect voices. When the mighty pipes of [Jonita] Lattimore and [Adrienne] Danrich combine on the magnificent 'In Time of Silver Rain,' the result is spine chills and teary eyes.”
–Fort Worth Star-Telegram



Only Heaven
World Premiere Recording
A musical work by Ricky Ian Gordon
Based on the poetry of Langston Hughes

Hailed by The New York Times as "one of the leading young composers of songs," Ricky Ian Gordon has written musicals, operas, and song cycles for such artists as Audra McDonald, Renée Fleming and Betty Buckley.

With ONLY HEAVEN, his setting of two dozen poems by Langston Hughes, the "Poet Laureate of Harlem," he has created a stirring work that Show Business has called "provocative and compelling – recommended for anyone who loves original and groundbreaking music, as well as the majesty of Langston Hughes poetry." Recorded live in February 2002 from a production by the Muse Machine of Dayton, OH, and featuring Darius de Haas, Adrienne Danrich, Jonita Lattimore, Jay Pierce and Sheila Ramsey.

Produced by Tommy Krasker & Joseph Bates

track listing

  1. Heaven
  2. My People
  3. I Dream a World
  4. In Time of Silver Rain
  5. Genius Child
  6. Daybreak in Alabama
  7. S-sss-ss-sh!
  8. When Sue Wears Red
  9. Port Town
  10. Delinquent
  11. Poor Girl's Ruination / The Dream Keeper
  12. Luck
  13. Stars
  14. Angels Wings
  15. New Moon
  16. I Loved My Friend
  17. Kid in the Park
  18. Late Last Night
  19. Love Song for Antonia
  20. Dream
  21. Love Song for Lucinda
  22. Harlem Night Song
  23. Joy
  24. Bound North Blues
  25. Border Line
  26. Gal's Cry for a Dying Lover
  27. Song for a Dark Girl
  28. Drum
  29. Litany

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