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Matthew Brown: Selected Choral Works "Though Love be a Day" / Antioch Chamber Ens., Joshua Copeland

Album Summary

>Brown, Matthew : (though love be a day), for chorus
>Brown, Matthew : The Night has a Thousand Eyes, for chorus
>Brown, Matthew : Sweet Was the Song, for celeste & chorus
>Brown, Matthew : A Red, Red Rose, for chorus
>Brown, Matthew : Another Lullaby for Insomniacs, for chorus & piano
>Brown, Matthew : She Walks in Beauty, for chorus
>Brown, Matthew : It May Not Always Be So, for chorus
>Brown, Matthew : Daybreak, for chorus
>Brown, Matthew : Above
>Brown, Matthew : Sitivit anima mea, for soprano & chorus
>Brown, Matthew : O magnum mysterium, for chorus
>Brown, Matthew : O ecclesia, for 2 sopranos, tenor & chorus
>Brown, Matthew : Table Grace, for chorus
>Kelly, Tom : True Colors
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Notes & Reviews:

A native of Southern California, Matthew Brown completed his masters and doctoral studies in music composition at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Morten Lauridsen, Frank Ticheli, Donald Crockett, Frederick Lesemann, Randy Newman, and Tamar Diesendruck. His awards include the 2003 Hans J. Salter Endowed Music Award, the 2007 Jimmy McHugh Composition Prize, the 2007 VocalEssence Welcome Christmas! Carol Contest, the 2010 Vocal Essence Essentially Choral Commission, and the 2011 C4 Composition Competition. His works have been performed throughout the United States and internationally, by groups such as the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Vocal Essence, the Antioch Chamber Ensemble, the Young New Yorker's Chorus, the Cincinnati Boychoir, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, Midnight Winds, the USC Chamber Choir, the Los Robles Master Chorale, the De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, the USC Thornton Symphony, and C4. He remains active in Los Angeles as a composer, copyist, arranger, performer, and teacher, and sings with many professional choral ensembles, including the L.A. Master Chorale, the L.A. Chamber Singers & Cappella, the De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, and Horizon Music Group.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
All the pieces here were written after 2005 and could be categorized as Beautiful Contemporary American Choral Music, in line with Lauridsen and Whitacre. Judging from this one release, Brown is a talented man who writes with variety inside a subset of slow tempos and burnished sound. The choir knows perfectly how to sing this music, and I'd like to hear other recordings of theirs as well. The big acoustic gives them a great space for this style.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawren (06/23/2013-06/25/2013).



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Works Details

>Brown, Matthew : (though love be a day), for chorus
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Ensemble: Antioch Chamber Ensemble
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Matthew : The Night has a Thousand Eyes, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Matthew : Sweet Was the Song, for celeste & chorus
  • Performer: Christine Chang (Piano)
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Matthew : A Red, Red Rose, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Brown, Matthew : Another Lullaby for Insomniacs, for chorus & piano
  • Performer: Christine Chang (Piano)
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Matthew : She Walks in Beauty, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Matthew : It May Not Always Be So, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Matthew : Daybreak, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Matthew : Above :: Three Dreamsongs of the Wintu People, for chamber ensemble
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Matthew : Sitivit anima mea, for soprano & chorus
  • Performer: Sherezade Panthaki
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Matthew : O magnum mysterium, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Matthew : O ecclesia, for 2 sopranos, tenor & chorus
  • Performers: Stephen Sands (Tenor); Molly Quinn; Martha Cluver (Voice)
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Matthew : Table Grace, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kelly, Tom : True Colors
  • Performers: Chris Fortin (Piano); Christine Chang (Piano); Molly Quinn
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (06/23/2013-06/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.