The brilliant American composer John Musto has in recent years emerged as one of America’s leading composers of opera and art song. This disc is a remarkable document of Musto’s work as a song composer-the composer accompanies all of the songs, including many with his wife, the estimable soprano Amy Burton. Of particular interest is the couple’s performance of Quiet Songs, a work they have performed together for many years. Musto is a virtuoso pianist (he plays both of his own Piano Concertos regularly) and the ideal accompanist for these highly personal creations. Amy Burton is joined by Grammy-nominated baritone Patrick Mason on The Old Gray Couple, and Mason sings many of Musto’s most frequently performed songs, including Flamenco and the cycle viva sweet love.
viva sweet love
Quiet Songs, Nude at the Piano
Old Gray Couple
Amy Burton, soprano; Patrick Mason, baritone John Musto, piano
with Michael Barrett, piano on Old Gray Couple