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Flower of Beauty - Choral music by Miskinis, Byrd, Clements, Hogan, Tormis, Dimitrov, des Prez, Weelkes et al. / Westminster Choir

Album Summary

>Miskinis, Vytautas : Lucis creator optime, for chorus
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>Clements, John : Flower of Beauty, for chorus
>Traditional Spiritual : Great Day!
>Tormis, Veljo : Singing Aboard Ship
>Miskinis, Vytautas : Thoughts of Psalms
>Jones, Nathan : I Would Live in Your Love, for chorus
>Traditional, Serbian : Fatise kolo, folk song
>Martin, Frank : Mass
>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
>Dimitrov, Georgi : Umrel Dzherman, for chorus
>Traditional Spiritual : In Bright Mansions Above, spiritual
>Desprez, Josquin : Ave Maria... virgo serena, motet for 4 parts
>Weelkes, Thomas : When David heard
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Praised by American Record Guide as the "gold standard for American academic choirs," the Westminster Choir has performed and recorded with virtually every major orchestra and conductor of the past 80 years. The New York Times has applauded its "full-bodied, incisive singing." Composed of students at Westminster Choir College, the ensemble is also the chorus-in-residence at the Spoleto Festival USA.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Girard College, Philadelphia, PA (01/2009); The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and St. G (01/2009); Girard College, Philadelphia, PA (02/2008); The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and St. G (02/2008).



Reviews

Westminster Choir returns with spring beauty
The best of choral music returns again with a recording made in 2008 and 2009 under the direction of Joe Miller. After a poignant farewell concert CD by the Westminster Choir a few years ago, this collection of pieces from all genres and languages attracts the ear and reminds the listener that the standard of excellence blooms again with this celebrated chorus.


The sensitivity and accuracy of superlative training shine in these pieces, providing standards and examples for groups and eager audiences enthralled by the skill of young musicians exquisitely trained for church musicianship. The track titles are provided in the playlist, a welcome and handy reference reflecting the careful attention to every detail characteristic of the Westminster Choir. Multiple languages attract the ear and move the eye to the text and translations, encouraging audience focus on the presentations.


With a title suggesting the epitome of splendor, the stylized daisy on the cover seems understated for both title and contents. The variety in the program leads the listener from one lovely song to the next. Performing religious, folk, spiritual, and ballad compositions illustrates choir skills and varied styles. Unfortunately it is necessary to keep the volume turned to the maximum to hear most of the recordings; perhaps the microphones were too far away at Girard and St. Stuyvesant’s. It is an a capella program except for the Miserere with cello. Familiar repertoire including Dr. Erb’s arrangement of Shenandoah is ever welcome. Ms. Bixby’s soprano with the choir in Great Day conveys not only marchin’ but foot tappin’ joy.


Let the springtime emerge, and the beautiful flowers bloom, and the Westminster Choir sing on.


Submitted on 03/25/13 by howsweetthesound 
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Works Details

>Miskinis, Vytautas : Lucis creator optime, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Ensemble: Westminster Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1580

>Clements, John : Flower of Beauty, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional Spiritual : Great Day!
  • Performer: Kelly Bixby
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Tormis, Veljo : Singing Aboard Ship
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Miskinis, Vytautas : Thoughts of Psalms :: Miserere
  • Performer: Benjamin Dale (Cello)
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jones, Nathan : I Would Live in Your Love, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Serbian : Fatise kolo, folk song
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martin, Frank : Mass :: Sanctus et Benedictus
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1922-1926

>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Dimitrov, Georgi : Umrel Dzherman, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Traditional Spiritual : In Bright Mansions Above, spiritual
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Desprez, Josquin : Ave Maria... virgo serena, motet for 4 parts
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1497

>Weelkes, Thomas : When David heard
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral