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Aedonis - Choral works by Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Barber, Banks / The Esoterics

Audio Samples

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Songs, Op. 68
>     Calme des nuits
>Skirvin, Donald : Songs of the Nightingale, for chorus
>Traditional, English : Sweet Nightingale (Down in Those Valleys Below), folk song
>Herbolsheimer, Bern : Love Letters, for chorus (after traditional Tatar melodies)
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nightingale
>Sametz, Steven : Ngam sang duan, for chorus (after a traditional Thai melody)
>Schubert, Franz : Mondenschein, D 875/Op. 102
>Barber, Samuel : To Be Sung on the Water, for 4 voices, Op. 42/2
>Skirvin, Donald : Yet, Love Endures, for chorus
>Banks, Eric : And Both Shall Row, for chorus
>Banks, Eric : Sonetti d'amore, for chorus

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Songs, Op. 68
>Skirvin, Donald : Songs of the Nightingale, for chorus
>Traditional, English : Sweet Nightingale (Down in Those Valleys Below), folk song
>Herbolsheimer, Bern : Love Letters, for chorus (after traditional Tatar melodies)
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nightingale
>Sametz, Steven : Ngam sang duan, for chorus (after a traditional Thai melody)
>Schubert, Franz : Mondenschein, D 875/Op. 102
>Barber, Samuel : To Be Sung on the Water, for 4 voices, Op. 42/2
>Skirvin, Donald : Yet, Love Endures, for chorus
>Banks, Eric : And Both Shall Row, for chorus
>Banks, Eric : Sonetti d'amore, for chorus
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Named for the ancient Greek word for 'nightingale,' ÆDONIS is the fledgling men's ensemble of choral group The Esoterics. This debut CD features well-known compositions on the topic of love by Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, and Barber alongside new compositions like Love letters, four Tatar folksongs arranged by Bern Herbolsheimer, Ngam sang duan, a Thai song arranged by Steven Sametz, and two works by Donald Skirvin: Songs of the nightingale, and Yet, love endures. The crowning work on this disc is Eric Banks' cycle of seven sonnets that Michelangelo composed for his lover, Tomasso de' Cavalieri, entitled Sonneti d'amore.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006).



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Works Details

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Songs, Op. 68 :: Calme des nuits
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Skirvin, Donald : Songs of the Nightingale, for chorus
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Traditional, English : Sweet Nightingale (Down in Those Valleys Below), folk song
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Herbolsheimer, Bern : Love Letters, for chorus (after traditional Tatar melodies)
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nightingale
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Sametz, Steven : Ngam sang duan, for chorus (after a traditional Thai melody)
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Schubert, Franz : Mondenschein, D 875/Op. 102
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/1826

>Barber, Samuel : To Be Sung on the Water, for 4 voices, Op. 42/2
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1968

>Skirvin, Donald : Yet, Love Endures, for chorus
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Banks, Eric : And Both Shall Row, for chorus
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Banks, Eric : Sonetti d'amore, for chorus
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/24/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (06/04/2006); Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (07/19/2006-07/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006