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Immaginosa - Choral works by Irving Fine; Elliott Carter, Stephen Paulus; Donald Skirvin, William Hawley et al. / The Esoterics

Audio Samples

>Fine, Irving : The Hour Glass, for 4 voices
>Hawley, William : Reveries (4), for choir
>Carter, Elliott : Heart not so heavy as mine
>Paulus, Stephen : Now is the Gentle Season, for choir
>Finney, Ross Lee : Spherical Madrigals
>Carter, Elliott : Musicians Wrestle Everywhere, for chorus & strings
>Mechem, Kirke : The Winds of May (5 poems of Sarah Teasdale), for mixed chorus, Op 17
>Skirvin, Donald : Alchemy

Album Summary

>Fine, Irving : The Hour Glass, for 4 voices
>Hawley, William : Reveries (4), for choir
>Carter, Elliott : Heart not so heavy as mine
>Paulus, Stephen : Now is the Gentle Season, for choir
>Finney, Ross Lee : Spherical Madrigals
>Carter, Elliott : Musicians Wrestle Everywhere, for chorus & strings
>Mechem, Kirke : The Winds of May (5 poems of Sarah Teasdale), for mixed chorus, Op 17
>Skirvin, Donald : Alchemy
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Notes & Reviews:

The Esoterics return with a program of their favorite springtime song cycles on love and life. Ross Lee Finney's Spherical madrigals resonates with the exploration and creativity of the Age of Reason, and Irving Fine's artful cycle of six Ben Jonson poems - The hour glass - traverses the evolution of love during the human lifetime. Recordings of two premiere performances of Hawley and Paulus, contrasting settings of Dickinson by Elliott Carter, and interpretations of Sara Teasdale by Mechem and Skirvin (the final work having been commissioned by The Esoterics) complete the set.



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Works Details

>Fine, Irving : The Hour Glass, for 4 voices
  • Performers: Betsy Bæskins (Voice); Keith Horlock (Voice); Chris Jeffries (Voice); Laura Certain (Voice); Erin Harlan (Voice); Pam Policastri (Voice); Kristen Ramer (Voice); Kathea Yarnell (Voice)
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (05/14/2004-05/16/2004)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Hawley, William : Reveries (4), for choir
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (05/14/2004-05/16/2004)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Carter, Elliott : Heart not so heavy as mine
  • Performers: Jennifer Gosnell (Voice); Meredith Burness (Voice); Jamie Balducci (Voice)
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (05/14/2004-05/16/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1938

>Paulus, Stephen : Now is the Gentle Season, for choir
  • Performers: Doug Rank (Voice); Gretchen Hubbert (Voice); Lorri Froggét (Voice); Liz O'Donoghue (Voice); Brad Fanta (Voice)
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (05/14/2004-05/16/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Finney, Ross Lee : Spherical Madrigals
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (05/14/2004-05/16/2004)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1947

>Carter, Elliott : Musicians Wrestle Everywhere, for chorus & strings
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (05/14/2004-05/16/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Mechem, Kirke : The Winds of May (5 poems of Sarah Teasdale), for mixed chorus, Op 17
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (05/14/2004-05/16/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Skirvin, Donald : Alchemy
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (05/14/2004-05/16/2004)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary