Hier: Mélodies of Francis Poulenc

Alissa Deeter, soprano
Arlene Shrut, piano

This recording celebrates Francis Poulenc, who possessed a profound ability to channel inspiration into a tapestry of singular uniqueness, producing the very essence of Poulenc in style, intelligence, and sophistication. Hier features five collections of songs, settings of poems by Poulenc's contemporaries Guillaume Apollinaire, Louise de Vilmorin, Max Jacob, and Maurice Careme.

Shrut revels in Poulenc’s odd harmonies and quirky key changes. Her command of the keyboard is evident as she chases after Deeter up and down the keyboard.
— American Record Guide


Songs of Hugo Wolf

Daniel Lichti, baritone
Arlene Shrut, pianist

Nominated for a Juno Award
(Canadian Grammy)

Harfenspieler settings by Wolf, Schubert, and Schumann. Additional selections include the Michaelangelo Lieder and other songs by Wolf. 

Gramophone, Performance:
Critic's Choice for Songs of Hugo Wolf

This thoughtfully constructed performance...of itself recommends the disc for serious consideration. The fine performances confirm it...About Arlene Shrut’s playing...there is an intensity of feeling and a willingness to take risks.


From the Heartland

Robert Peavler, baritone
Arlene Shrut, piano
with Alissa Deeter, soprano

Baritone Robert Peavler and pianist Arlene Shrut take the opportunity to offer a program by outstanding composers of American art song. Composers include Kirke Mechem (b.1925), Dominick Argento (b.1927), Thomas Pasatieri (b.1945) and Timothy Hoekman (b.1954). 

Having heard all the famous pianists play this cycle, I think Arlene is the best, her pianism and colors are exactly to my taste.
— Thomas Pasatieri, composer of Three Poems of Oscar Wilde



Seunghee Lee, clarinet
Arlene Shrut, piano

This special collection of music for clarinet and piano features operatic transcriptions, a symphonic excerpt, a vocalise, and Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata. 



Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Lieder

Lauralyn Kolb, soprano
Arlene Shrut, piano

This is a comprehensive collection of Fanny Mendelssohn Lieder, thoughtfully planned and performed by two female artists. 



The Unquiet Heart: American Song Cycles

Karen Smith Emerson, soprano
Arlene Shrut, piano

This beautifully curated album renders its name from James Joyce's The Unquiet Heart, which tells of the unsettled, unnamable, and unutterable sensations we all experience in our lifelong search for love.