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Julian Wachner: Complete Choral Music, Vol. 1

Album Summary

>Wachner, Julian : Sometimes I Feel Alive, for chorus
>Wachner, Julian : Rilke Songs, for chorus
>Wachner, Julian : Introit for The Season of Epiphany, for chorus
>Wachner, Julian : Arise, my love
>Wachner, Julian : Come, thou fount of every blessing, for chorus & organ
>Wachner, Julian : Ave, dulcissima Maria, for chorus
>Wachner, Julian : Missa Brevis, for chorus & organ
>Wachner, Julian : Aaronic Benediction, for chorus
>Wachner, Julian : Behold the Tabernacle of God, for chorus & organ
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Notes & Reviews:

Julian Wachner's music has been described as 'bold and atmospheric' (The New York Times), 'jazzy, energetic, and ingenious' (Boston Globe), and 'highly enjoyable, touching, clever, and inspiring' (Deseret News). As the composer has written: 'I have found equal inspiration from strict form or unbridled chaos; tonality, modality or post-tonality; and lyricism, pointillism or minimalism - I find it crucial to have as sweeping a palette of creative possibilities at my disposal as possible...The challenge therefore, is to ride this wave of self-proclaimed eclecticism with sincerity, individuality and spontaneity, writing music that speaks to the human condition.'

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/11/2008-04/13/2008).



Reviews

Exemplary Contemporary Choral Music
Julian Wachner is a fine choral composer, and this CD is welcome both as is and as the start of a collection of his music. His writing combines the virtues of fluid rhythmic scanning of the texts, melodic transparency that makes all the words clear and luminous, extended harmonies. He’s a composer who makes extended major key passages complex and interesting. The cummings and Rilke settings are good balances between the meaning of the words and the richness of the music. Wachner is skillful at making ‘appropriate’ music, colors and phrases suitable for each poet. The liturgical music is lovely, especially the short “Introit For The Season of Epiphany,” and again the style sounds absolutely apt for the meaning, different than the music for the modern poetry but still recognizably Wachner’s conception. I especially like the sharp rhythms he uses in the “Missa Brevis.” Impeccable performances by the Elora Festival Singers and Noel Edison, and nice, resonant sound.
Submitted on 08/24/10 by gtra1n 
Those who can, do
Julian Wachner--composer, conductor, and teacher--is the new director of music and the arts at New York City's famed Trinity Church. Judging by this disc, and a concert I saw him conduct, it was a fine choice. Volume one of his "complete" choral music mixes the sacred and the secular; some pieces are with organ, some unaccompanied. Wachner can do it all: very contemporary rhythms and sounds might be followed with a page of lush romantic music, or in his sacred works he can fit right into the great Anglican tradition (check track 12, a wonderful hymn tune with a somewhat surprising descant). Maybe a future installment will be sung by the Trinity choir, which has already recorded for Naxos. Meanwhile, the Elora Festival Singers do an excellent job on a well-engineered collection--blend is good, pianos are clear, and fortes don't blast. Notes by the composer himself are a plus.
Submitted on 12/28/10 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Wachner, Julian : Sometimes I Feel Alive, for chorus
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/11/2008-04/13/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Wachner, Julian : Rilke Songs, for chorus
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/11/2008-04/13/2008)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Wachner, Julian : Introit for The Season of Epiphany, for chorus
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/11/2008-04/13/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Wachner, Julian : Arise, my love
  • Performer: Michael Bloss (Organ)
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/11/2008-04/13/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Wachner, Julian : Come, thou fount of every blessing, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Michael Bloss (Organ)
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/11/2008-04/13/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Wachner, Julian : Ave, dulcissima Maria, for chorus
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/11/2008-04/13/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Wachner, Julian : Missa Brevis, for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/11/2008-04/13/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Wachner, Julian : Aaronic Benediction, for chorus
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/11/2008-04/13/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Wachner, Julian : Behold the Tabernacle of God, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Michael Bloss (Organ)
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/11/2008-04/13/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004