"Upshaw is one of today's most uncompromising singers," writes The Guardian, "determined to redefine the formal parameters of the solo recital and to bring a comparatively unfamiliar repertory to her audiences." If that description has you running scared, don't fear. There's lots to love here, including William Bolcom's Amor; Ruth Crawford Seeger's Five Songs; John Harbison's Mirabai Songs; Kaija Saariaho's Lonh; Laura Elise Schwendinger's In Just-spring; Osvaldo Golijov's Lúa descolorida; George Crumb's The Sleeper; Olivier Messiaen's Poèmes pour Mi and Chants de terre et de ciel; and Charles Ives's Memories and The Circus Band.
"Upshaw chose a demanding program of mainly contemporary American, French and Finnish music for her recital (which she delivers in a particularly winning manner).... Her ecstatic performances of songs by Golijov and Messiaen are particularly noteworthy."—Opera Canada