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Mandorla: Choral Masterworks

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>Martin, Frank : Mass for Double Chorus
>Grieg, Edvard : Psalms (4), Op. 74
>Hanson, Howard : The Cherubic Hymn, for chorus, Op. 37

Album Summary

>Martin, Frank : Mass for Double Chorus
>Grieg, Edvard : Psalms (4), Op. 74
>Hanson, Howard : The Cherubic Hymn, for chorus, Op. 37
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Notes & Reviews:

The talented American choir Gloriae Dei Cantores offers a selection of music that allows the listener to experience the "mandorla" - a sacred, spiritual space that bridges the human and the divine. Their new Super Audio CD features three visionary works - the Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin, the Four Psalms by Edvard Grieg, and The Cherubic Hymn by Howard Hanson. These three 20th century composers and their works are tied together not by creed, conviction, nationality (although all three have some roots in Scandinavia and the Netherlands), or style, but by their illuminations of humanity's need for salvation and their expressions of the intimacy and glory of these sacred encounters between heaven and earth. American Record Guide writes, "I've singled out this marvelous group time and time again the choir brings a degree of spiritual sincerity and power to their singing that few choirs, professional or amateur can match."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, MA (08/2009).



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Works Details

>Martin, Frank : Mass for Double Chorus
  • Running Time: 26 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1922-1926

>Grieg, Edvard : Psalms (4), Op. 74
  • Performer: Wayne Schuman (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Hanson, Howard : The Cherubic Hymn, for chorus, Op. 37
  • Performer: James Jordan (Organ)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1949