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Michael Hurd: Pop Cantatas

Audio Samples

>Hurd, Michael : Jonah-Man Jazz, cantata for choir & orchestra
>Hurd, Michael : Prodigal, cantata for children's choir & piano
>Hurd, Michael : Rooster Rag, cantata for choir & orchestra
>Hurd, Michael : Swingin' Samson, cantata for choir & orchestra
>Hurd, Michael : Captain Coram's Kids, cantata for choir & orchestra

Album Summary

>Hurd, Michael : Jonah-Man Jazz, cantata for choir & orchestra
>Hurd, Michael : Prodigal, cantata for children's choir & piano
>Hurd, Michael : Rooster Rag, cantata for choir & orchestra
>Hurd, Michael : Swingin' Samson, cantata for choir & orchestra
>Hurd, Michael : Captain Coram's Kids, cantata for choir & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Michael Hurd was a pioneer in composing brief, witty and, above all, performable choral music for children to enjoy. Pastiche jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll rhythms, memorable tunes and entertaining lyrics proved a winning combination, as they also do in Swingin' Samson, Rooster Rag, Prodigal and Captain Coram's Kids. This recording is the first to be supported by the British Music Society Charitable Trust Michael Hurd Bequest, established to further the appreciation of the composer's output.

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The most ambitious work here is Captain Coram's Kids. At nearly nineteen minutes this is significantly longer than any of the other four cantatas as presented. It differs in other ways too; the story is historical rather than allegorical or biblical and the music is more overtly serious in relative terms. Thomas Coram was an 18th Century Philanthropist who founded the Foundling Hospital to care for destitute children. Famously Handel gave a charitable performance of The Messiah for the hospital as well as donating the manuscript of the Hallelujah Chorus. All of which rather neatly gives Hurd an 'in' to write pastiche baroqueries as well as music of a gently more lyrical and serious nature. One moment had me thinking of Hiawatha's Wedding Feast which came as a bit of a surprise! The accompanying group is expanded - logically - to include a string quartet and four woodwind. All of the playing here is a delight and adds to the impact of the piece.



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Works Details

>Hurd, Michael : Jonah-Man Jazz, cantata for choir & orchestra
  • Performers: Sarah Newbold (Flute); Paul Sherman (Double Bass); Nick Thompson (Trumpet); Lucy Hare (Double Bass); Ruth Bolister (Oboe); Martin Robertson (Saxophone); David Whitson (Trombone); David Fuest (Clarinet); Nigel Shipway (Drums)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1966

>Hurd, Michael : Prodigal, cantata for children's choir & piano
  • Performer: Alexander Wells (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1989

>Hurd, Michael : Rooster Rag, cantata for choir & orchestra
  • Performers: Alexander Wells (Piano); Nigel Shipway (Drums)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Running Time: 12 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1975

>Hurd, Michael : Swingin' Samson, cantata for choir & orchestra
  • Performers: Nigel Shipway (Drums); Adam Precious (Double Bass); Alexander Wells (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Running Time: 10 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1973

>Hurd, Michael : Captain Coram's Kids, cantata for choir & orchestra
  • Performers: Ruth Bolister (Oboe); Nigel Shipway (Drums); Sarah Newbold (Flute); Richard Skinner (Bassoon); Michal Kaznowski (Cello); Nick Miller (Violin); Natalee Jeremic (Violin); Rachel Bolt (Viola)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Running Time: 17 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1987