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Seraphic Fire in signature works by Billings, Bermudez, Durufle, Ramirez, Hernandez et al.

Album Summary

>Billings, William : Invocation
>Bermudez, Alvaro A. : Padre Nuestro, for chorus
>Crouch, Shawn : The Road from Hiroshima
>Runestad, Jake : I Will Lift Mine Eyes, for chorus
>Duruflé, Maurice : Notre Pere, Op. 14
>Torrejon y Velasco, Tomas : A este sol peregrino
>Marshall, Ingram : Hymnodic Delays (acoustic version)
>Ramírez, Ariel : Misa Criolla, for tenor, piano, chorus & orchestra
>Hernández, Rafael : Cachita, for string quartet & percussion
>Hernández, Rafael : El Cumbanchero
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Notes & Reviews:

Seraphic Fire has assembled a collection of music with which the ensemble has a visceral, tenacious connection. This self-titled recording contains Seraphic Fire signature works that have brought the ensemble to prominence eleven seasons after its founding. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupre Quigley, Seraphic Fire brings the best ensemble singers from around the country to perform repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Seraphic Fire is a chamber choir of 18 based, apparently, in South Florida. The group gets its name from William Billings's 'Invocation' from The Continental Harmony. "Majestic God, our muse inspire and fill us with seraphic fire", says the text. It's a catchy name at that. They sing elegantly, with commendable control. The result is an engaging program full of Latin-American influences. We get a stylish account of Misa Criolla, the 1964 Mass composed in the aftermath of the 2nd Vatican Council by the late Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez (1921- 2010). Accompanied by guitar and percussion, this is a handsome performance of an evocative traversal of the liturgy. Another gem is 'A Este Sol Peregrino' (Sing Glory to this Wandering Sun), by Spanish-born Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco (1644-1728) who came to Peru on a musical mission to craft baroque fare straight from the Americas. There are two versions of the Lord's Prayer: one by Poulenc and another by Alvaro Bermudez (b 1973) who imbues the 'Padre Nuestro' with gentle dance rhythms from Colombia. Jake Runestad's 'I Will Lift Mine Eyes' tips its cap to the radiant style of Morten Lauridsen. The most demanding work is Ingram Marshall's 'Hymnodic Delays', three New England fuguing tunes reconstructed and deconstructed into contemporary musical parlance. Even in this "acoustic" arrangement performed without the electronic sounds called for in the original, they are as staunch and imposing as 'Cachita' and 'El Cumbanchero' are jazzy and light.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (01/17/2012).



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Works Details

>Billings, William : Invocation
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Pedro Fernandez (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bermudez, Alvaro A. : Padre Nuestro, for chorus
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Pedro Fernandez (Percussion); Kathryn Mueller (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Crouch, Shawn : The Road from Hiroshima :: A Requiem
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Pedro Fernandez (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2005

>Runestad, Jake : I Will Lift Mine Eyes, for chorus
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Pedro Fernandez (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Notre Père, Op. 14
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Pedro Fernandez (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco (1644 - 1728) : A este sol peregrino
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Pedro Fernandez (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marshall, Ingram : Hymnodic Delays (acoustic version) :: 1. Bright Hour Delayed
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Derek Chester; Pedro Fernandez (Percussion); Paul Tipton; Teresa Wakim
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Marshall, Ingram : Hymnodic Delays (acoustic version) :: 2. Broad Road
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Derek Chester; Pedro Fernandez (Percussion); Paul Tipton; Teresa Wakim
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Marshall, Ingram : Hymnodic Delays (acoustic version) :: 3. Swept Away
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Derek Chester; Pedro Fernandez (Percussion); Paul Tipton; Teresa Wakim
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Ariel Ramírez (1921 - 2010) : Misa Criolla, for tenor, piano, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Vincent Davies; Pedro Fernandez (Percussion); Paul Tipton; Matthew Tresler
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 17 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1964

>Rafael Hernández (1892 - 1965) : Cachita, for string quartet & percussion
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Pedro Fernandez (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rafael Hernández (1892 - 1965) : El Cumbanchero
  • Performers: Alvaro Bermudez (Charango); Alvaro Bermudez (Guitar); Pedro Fernandez (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern