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Anniversaries and Messages - Works for chorus by Victoria, Liszt, Bach, Theofanidis, Lang / Yale Schola Cantorum. Carrington

> Alma Redemptoris mater a 8 - Kyrie
> Alma Redemptoris mater a 8 - Gloria
> Messages to Myself (text by W. Whitman and Rumi) - I. Whitman, "Have you reckon'd a thousand acres much?"
> Messages to Myself (text by W. Whitman and Rumi) - II. Rumi, "God picks up the reed-flute world and blows"
> Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 - Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
> Alma Redemptoris mater a 8 - Alma Redemptoris mater a 8: Credo
> Messages to Myself (text by A.B. Kirsten and W.B. Yeats) - III. Kirsten, "Let love come in whatever way it will"
> Messages to Myself (text by A.B. Kirsten and W.B. Yeats) - IV. Yeats, "When you are old and grey and full of sleep"
> Ave Maria, S20/1/R496a - Ave Maria, S20/1/R496a
> Again - Again
> Alma Redemptoris mater a 8 - Sanctus - Benedictus
> Alma Redemptoris mater a 8 - Agnus Dei

Album Summary

>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Missa Alma Redemptoris mater, for 2 choirs & organ
>Theofanidis, Christopher : Messages to Myself, for chorus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
>Liszt, Franz : Ave Maria (I), for chorus & organ in B flat major, S. 20/1(LW J1/1)
>Lang, David : Again
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

While we know the Yale Schola Cantorum well for their "bright, youthful, and beautifully balanced sound" (Early Music America) in early music, this fascinating new recording mixes ancient mainstays with works by greats of contemporary choral music. In this splendid live concert recording with longtime conductor and revered master Simon Carrington the ensemble lives up to its exalted reputation in every respect - engaging their fortunate listeners with gripping spontaneity, sweet sound, uncanny balance, and unblemished technical perfection.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
By and large, it was a lovely concert. The Victoria Mass is lush, full-bodied, and gorgeously phrased.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Christ Church, New Haven (12/09/2011).



Reviews

Old school singing
One of this country's oldest universities, Yale has a tradition of a cappella singing. The Yale Schola Cantorum, founded by former Kings Singer Simon Carrington in 2003, has already been involved in several recordings, but this seems to be its first unaccompanied disc. The chamber chorus specializes in early music and "music of the last hundred years," and this program (recorded live) features them in both. A Mass setting by Victoria is spread across the disc, as are four "Messages" by Christopher Theofanidis. These set the most unlikely texts, with varying results--that's not to take anything away from the performances, and others may enjoy them more. There's a Bach motet, performed one voice to a part, which is the fashion, and which is well-suited to the core 'Voxtet' group of eight graduate students. So clear is the recording that the listener can almost visualize the individual singers. Pieces by Franz Liszt and David Lang are also offered. Total time is under an hour, but it's hard to complain when the singers acquit themselves so handsomely in such a variety of things.
Submitted on 07/01/13 by Jim D. 
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>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Missa Alma Redemptoris mater, for 2 choirs & organ
  • Conductor: Simon Carrington
  • Ensemble: Yale Schola Cantorum
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Theofanidis, Christopher : Messages to Myself, for chorus
  • Conductor: Simon Carrington
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
  • Conductor: Simon Carrington
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 10/20/1729

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Missa Alma Redemptoris mater, for 2 choirs & organ
  • Conductor: Simon Carrington
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Theofanidis, Christopher : Messages to Myself, for chorus
  • Conductor: Simon Carrington
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Liszt, Franz : Ave Maria (I), for chorus & organ in B flat major, S. 20/1(LW J1/1)
  • Conductor: Simon Carrington
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Lang, David : Again
  • Conductor: Simon Carrington
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Missa Alma Redemptoris mater, for 2 choirs & organ
  • Conductor: Simon Carrington
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance