Announcing our first album — Preorder today!
Featuring Stephanie Blythe, William Burden and Steven Blier, this gem of a performance finds new life on the first full album from the NYFOS Records. After over 20 years in the archives, this vital record will be available on January 28th, 2022 in physical and digital format.
Pre-ordered physical CDs will be available for early pick up at NYFOS’s December 6 concert at Merkin Hall
Listen to the first single off the album, available now, wherever you stream music!
by Thelonious Monk and Bernie Hanighen,
arr. Ricky Ian Gordon
performed by Stephanie Blythe and Steven Blier
The album is taken from a live concert recording at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York on March 23, 2000: From Rags to Riches, a compendium of American songs celebrating the last century as the new century began.
Steven Blier describes Stephanie Blythe’s voice as “a natural wonder, an uncanny mix of power and flexibility.” Of William Burden and his collaboration with Blythe, Blier recounts, “His sweet sound and patrician phrasing were the perfect foil for Stephanie’s volcanic energy, and the two of them were able to navigate all the stylistic zigzags of twentieth century American song.”
From Rags to Riches: 100 Years of American Song embraces a wide spectrum of music – art songs by Barber (“Nocturne”) and Griffes (“Evening Song”), musical theater pieces by Rodgers (“Take the Moment”) and Sondheim (“The Ballad of Booth”), jazz tunes by Eubie Blake (“Hit the Road”) and Thelonious Monk (“‘Round Midnight”), and an opera aria by William Bolcom (“New York Lights”). As the program proceeds chronologically through the century, America grows up, sometimes confronting its problems head-on, sometimes working it all out on the dance floor.
Blier explains that he is always on the lookout for songs that deal with important social issues: Cook’s “My Lady Frog” is a subtle parable about race and inclusion; Larson’s “Hosing the Furniture”, a hilarious feminist tract; and Blitzstein’s “Nickel Under the Foot”, an eloquent indictment of class struggle. The newest song, Bolcom’s “New York Lights”, is about the immigrant’s dream of America, and the oldest one, Lowry’s “How Can I Keep from Singing”, is a testament to the nation’s resilience in the face of injustice – as well as a hymn to the power of song itself.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
by Johnny Marks
arr. by Kugelplex / Breitzer
Performed by Joshua Breitzer, Alan R. Kay, and Steven Blier
Released on NYFOS Records on December 3, 2021
Our First Single!
“One Life To Live”
from Lady In the Dark
music by Kurt Weill
lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Recorded live at Greenwich House in 1993 by the beloved mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and pianist Steven Blier.
Released on NYFOS Records on October 8, 2021
Over NYFOS’s 33-year history, audio recordings have always been a vital part of our work. In fact, our Grammy Award-winning recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles helped establish NYFOS as New York City’s premiere home for song during our earliest years. Today we build on that legacy by launching a record label of our own, dedicated to sharing extraordinary live performances from our extensive archives, as well as new studio recordings with some of today’s most exciting voices. Our projected releases for the first year include a full-length live concert from our archives; a studio recording of a rarely-heard mid-century American masterpiece; and up to a dozen singles featuring artists like Julia Bullock, Kate Lindsey, Joshua Blue, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Bernarda Fink, and many others. Stay tuned for more info — and music! — throughout the season.
Thank you to NYFOS Records’ Founding Supporters!
Benjamin Brudney & Patrick Crosetto
Susan Chin & Charles McKinney
Martin Fridson & Elaine Sisman
Philip and Alexandra Howard
David Kamp & Michael Rubin
Alan Kornberg & Harold Koda
Robert and Carol Krinsky
Jeffrey Craig Miller
Claire Molloy & Seth Lloyd
Robert and Rhoda Roper
Richard Rosen & Joyce Silberstang
W. Bradley Rubenstein
Ellen and Dan Schumm
Dorothy Potter Snyder
Jack and Linda Viertel
Kate and Seymour Weingarten
Robert Youngs & Susan Cohen
Support NYFOS Records Today!
NYFOS Records is part of New York Festival of Song, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are deductible to the full extent of the law.
Add your name to the list with a contribution today! We are also looking for underwriters for specific recordings. Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring a single or full-length album. With your support, we can ensure that audiences anywhere can enjoy the best of NYFOS, and that the magic we experience together in the concert hall lives on for future listeners around the world.