O Bell’ Alma–flute and harp CD (2005)
Bell’ Alma Duo: Michele Frisch, flute; Kathy Kienzle, harp
Label: Ten Thousand Lakes (The Schubert Club), SC 119
Bell Alma Duo performs a selection of operatic favorites on this flute and harp CD. Frisch and Kiezle are principal players from the Minnesota Opera and Minnesota Orchestra. David Evan Thomas contributed O bell’ alma: Concert Paraphrase on Themes from Lucia di Lammermoor, a grand fantasy in the nineteenth-century style. Also music by Bellini, Puccini, Bizet, Massenet, Strauss, Daniel Sturm, Gluck and Verdi.
David Evan Thomas has been honored with two McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships, an Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Born in Rochester, New York in 1958, Thomas studied at Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, and with Dominick Argento at the University of Minnesota. His music is published by ECS, MorningStar, Augsburg Fortress and several other publishers. Thomas lives in Minneapolis.
[One of the] “best new recordings from North America…. David Evan Thomas’s O bell’ alma, a concert paraphrase on themes from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, brings out the best in the performers.” –Andrew Druckenbrod The Gramophone, October, 2005