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The Sacred Voice: sacred vocal works by Graham Gordon Ramsay / Yulia Van Doren, Mary Gerbi, Zachary Wilder

Album Summary

>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : Ave Maria, for chorus
>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : Missa Sancta Stephani, for chorus
>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : Obedience, for 2 voices & organ
>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : If You Love Me, for 3 voices
>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : De Profundis, for chorus
>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : Psalms (3), for chorus & violin
>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : Laudate Dominum, for chorus
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In the compositions here, composer Graham Gordon Ramsay aims to rethink a variety of familiar sacred texts in a fresh way. His music not only challenges but also welcomes the listeners, stimulating as well as being provocative and engaging. Born in California in 1972, Ramsay received musical training at the Tanglewood Institute, Boston University and the Fontainebleau School in France. This recording represents a two-year collaboration between the composer and conductor/organist Heinrich Christensen. Christensen has been a longtime advocate of Ramsay's music and has premiered several of the pieces on this recording. Known for his modern yet tuneful style, Ramsay writes predominantly for solo voice, chorus, solo instruments and chamber ensembles. His music has been performed in settings ranging from the Chapel at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark to the Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan, Italy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA.



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Works Details

>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : Ave Maria, for chorus
  • Performers: Marc DeMille; Yulia Doren; Monica Hatch; Randy McGee; Mark McSweeney (Voice); Adriana Repetto; Thann Scoggins; David Scott; Kyle Siddons; Sumner Thompson (Voice); Zachary Wilder; Shari Wilson; Darrick Yee
  • Conductor: Heinrich Christensen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : Missa Sancta Stephani, for chorus
  • Performers: Marc DeMille; Yulia Doren; Monica Hatch; Randy McGee; Mark McSweeney (Voice); Adriana Repetto; Thann Scoggins; David Scott; Kyle Siddons; Sumner Thompson (Voice); Zachary Wilder; Shari Wilson; Darrick Yee
  • Conductor: Heinrich Christensen
  • Running Time: 14 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2007

>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : Obedience, for 2 voices & organ
  • Performers: Heinrich Christensen (Organ); David Kravitz (Bass); Kristi Vrooman
  • Conductor: Heinrich Christensen
  • Running Time: 13 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : If You Love Me, for 3 voices
  • Performers: Marc DeMille; Monica Hatch; Zachary Wilder
  • Conductor: Heinrich Christensen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2008

>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : De Profundis, for chorus
  • Performers: Allen Combs (Tenor); Jessica Cooper; Marc DeMille; Monica Hatch; Emily Hindrichs; Randy McGee; John Proft; Thann Scoggins; Kyle Siddons; Steven Soph; Jason Wang; Brenna Wells; Darrick Yee
  • Conductor: Heinrich Christensen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : Psalms (3), for chorus & violin
  • Performers: Allen Combs (Tenor); Jessica Cooper; Marc DeMille; Lori Everson (Violin); Monica Hatch; Emily Hindrichs; Randy McGee; John Proft; Thann Scoggins; Kyle Siddons; Steven Soph; Jason Wang; Brenna Wells; Darrick Yee
  • Conductor: Heinrich Christensen
  • Running Time: 16 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Ramsay, Graham Gordon : Laudate Dominum, for chorus
  • Performers: Allen Combs (Tenor); Jessica Cooper; Marc DeMille; Monica Hatch; Emily Hindrichs; Randy McGee; John Proft; Thann Scoggins; Kyle Siddons; Steven Soph; Jason Wang; Brenna Wells; Darrick Yee
  • Conductor: Heinrich Christensen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009