Drifts and Shadows: American Song for the New Millennium

Elem Eley, baritone and J.J Penna, piano


Includes: Three songs from Hennessy's Ruminations/Poems of William Bronk with Bruce Williamson, b flat clarinet and Martin Hennessy, piano


I thought it was Harry

You get to Gilead

Of the Natural World


"These men mean business when it comes to song-writing, and it’s comforting to know that the American art song is in good hands other than just those of Ned Rorem’s.”


“Hennessy’s …settings are deliciously odd, with the insouciance in ‘You Get to Gilead’ reminding me of parts of Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King, but comic, and without the grunts and shrieks. The clarinet swings. The vocalise at the end of ‘Of the Natural World’ after the line ‘and I grow impatient and practice the world’s song”, is structurally and practically brilliant…Buy this record."


                                                                                                                            — American Record Guide

Five Borough Song Book

Featuring Hennessy's setting of Claude McKay's The City’s Love performed by baritone, David McFerrin and pianist, Jocelyn Dueck


Ned Rorem: Women's Voices & Songs of Martin Hennessy

Martin Hennessy: Pianist/Composer

Heidi Skok: Soprano


Includes: Mother to Son, I’ll Love you, I thank you god and In the Stillness from Four Songs Volume l And Sonnet for Michael, Mentor and Moon Poem from Four Songs Volume ll


"Songs of Martin Hennessy, the disc’s insightful pianist…overflow with poignant and dramatic splendor." — Cleveland Plain Dealer


“Hennessy handles Rorem’s difficult piano writing with brilliance and also writes creative, improvisatory, and moving songs.” — American Record Guide


“In the Stillness, a love lyric to Hennessy’s own verse, is particularly attractive.”

Patrick J. Smith, Opera News


Includes: 3 Dickinson Poems by Martin Hennessy

My River Runs To Thee

Let down the bars, O Death!

I taste a liquor never brewed


with baritone, Elem Eley and pianist, J.J. Penna

Songs from the Age of the Closet: Art Songs by Gay Composers

Elif Savas, soprano

Martin Hennessy: Pianist


Also includes Hennessy’s Lost Sense with a text by Constantin Popa

Ah! Love, I Shall Find Thee: Songs of Gena Branscombe

Martin Hennessy: Piano

Kathleen Shimeta: Mezzo-soprano

Distant Playing Fields

With Martin Hennessy accompanying the songs of Amy Beach and William Mayer performed by soprano, Mary Ellen Callahan.