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Into the Night: Contemporary Choral Music by Whitacre, Paulus; Childs; Part Tavener; Lauridsen; Ticheli / Vox Humana

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> 3 Flower Songs - 3 Flower Songs: No. 2. With a Lily in Your Hand
> The Day Is Done - The Day Is Done
> The New Moon - The New Moon
> Littlemore Tractus - Littlemore Tractus
> Nox Aurumque - Nox Aurumque
> Do Not Go Gentle - Do Not Go Gentle
> The Veil of the Temple: You mantle yourself in Light - The Veil of the Temple: You mantle yourself in Light
> To the Evening Star - To the Evening Star
> Nocturnes - Nocturnes: No. 3. Sure On This Shining Night
> There Will Be Rest - There Will Be Rest

Album Summary

>Whitacre, Eric : 3 Flower Songs
>Paulus, Stephen : The Day Is Done, for chorus
>Childs, David N. : The New Moon, for chorus & piano
>Pärt, Arvo : Littlemore Tractus, for chorus & organ
>Whitacre, Eric : Nox Aurumque, for chorus
>Childs, David N. : Do Not Go Gentle, for chorus
>Tavener, John : The Veil of the Temple
>Betinis, Abbie : To the Evening Star, for chorus & flute
>Lauridsen, Morten : Nocturnes
>Ticheli, Frank : There Will Be Rest, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The richness of contemporary choral music is explored on this recording of works by some of today's leading composers from across three continents. Eric Whitacre's dramatic setting of Lorca's poetry is contrasted with Frank Ticheli's serene setting of There Will Be Rest, in which he attempts, in his own words, to "capture [the poem's] purity of spirit and delicate lyricism". Arvo Pärt has crafted an atmospheric setting of John Henry Newman's 1843 sermon Wisdom and Innocence. David N. Childs' Do Not Go Gentle, a setting of Dylan Thomas' famous poem, embodies a foreboding and ominous undercurrent of desperation in the face of impending death. Vox Humana is a new 24-voice chamber choir based in Dallas, Texas.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Make it three winning choral recordings in a row from Naxos this issue, with this well-chosen and appealing array of works by quite a few of our greatest living choral composers splendidly sung by a most excellent Dallas choir. If you're a dedicated fan of the choral music of NOW, you'll have heard quite a few of these already. The choral scene is definitely alive and well in Dallas. The ensemble is remarkable for its exceptional technical acumen, dynamic sensitivity, and interpretive nuance. While fully capable of full-throated glory, the singers' ultrapure tonal transparency (at need) is particularly effective in revealing the subtle harmonic intricacies of these selections - especially in the pieces by Whitacre, Tavener, and Betinis. Naxos sees to its customary pristine sonics and adequate booklet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, U (10/03/2011-10/05/2011).



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Works Details

>Whitacre, Eric : 3 Flower Songs :: no 2. With a Lily in Your Hand
  • Conductor: David Childs
  • Ensemble: Vox Humana
  • Notes: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, USA (10/03/2011-10/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991-1992

>Paulus, Stephen : The Day Is Done, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Childs
  • Notes: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, USA (10/03/2011-10/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Childs, David N. : The New Moon, for chorus & piano
  • Performer: Bradley Welch (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Childs
  • Notes: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, USA (10/03/2011-10/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2007

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Littlemore Tractus, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Bradley Welch (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Childs
  • Notes: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, USA (10/03/2011-10/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Whitacre, Eric : Nox Aurumque, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Childs
  • Notes: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, USA (10/03/2011-10/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Childs, David N. : Do Not Go Gentle, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Childs
  • Notes: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, USA (10/03/2011-10/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Tavener, John : The Veil of the Temple
  • Performer: Bradley Welch (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Childs
  • Notes: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, USA (10/03/2011-10/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Betinis, Abbie : To the Evening Star, for chorus & flute
  • Performer: Kara Kirkendoll (Flute)
  • Conductor: David Childs
  • Notes: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, USA (10/03/2011-10/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2005

>Lauridsen, Morten : Nocturnes :: no 3. Sure On This Shining Night
  • Performer: Bradley Welch (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Childs
  • Notes: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, USA (10/03/2011-10/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Ticheli, Frank : There Will Be Rest, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Childs
  • Notes: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, USA (10/03/2011-10/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000