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The Earth & I: New American Choral Music / Washington Master Chorale

Album Summary

>Laitman, Lori : The Earth and I, for chorus
>Plude, Patricia : October, for female chorus & piano
>Chatman, Stephen : Nature Songs 1, for chorus
>Chatman, Stephen : Nature Songs, no 2
>Dinerstein, Norman : Frogs
>Barber, Samuel : To Be Sung on the Water, for 4 voices, Op. 42/2
>Barber, Samuel : Heaven-Haven, for chorus (arr. of song Op. 13/1)
>Mechem, Kirke : Five Centuries of Spring, Op. 24
>Finney, Ross Lee : Spherical Madrigals
>Effinger, Cecil : Pastorales (4) for chorus & oboe
>Lauridsen, Morten : Nocturnes (3) for Chorus and Piano
>McCullough, Donald : The Eye Begins to See, for soloists, chorus, cello & piano
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The second half of the 20th-century saw a great blossoming of choral singing in America, from the emergence of the great choral singing schools to increased professionalism in church music programs and the founding of major professional choral groups and associations. One result of this overall rise in choral excellence was an expansion to the body of sophisticated, secular art-music for choruses as American composers responded to the increasingly skilled, nonreligious choral ensembles practicing the craft. This recording, expertly performed by the Washington Master Chorale, offers some of the best of this art-music. Founded in 2010, the Washington Master Chorale is a semi-professional chorus in Washington, D.C., conducted by Thomas Colohan. Their purpose is to advance American choral excellence by combining skilled vocal artistry with superb poetic choral literature; to contribute to the choral canon through commissioning leading American composers and to present choral works in the context of their culture and time.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Founded just a couple of years ago, the Washington Master Chorale already sports a lush, beautiful sound that it knows how to use in lush, beautiful choral fare. Most of the way, the music is warm and calming, with the singers creating lovely sounds to convey all that inherent lyricism. The recorded sound is warm.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-.



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Works Details

>Laitman, Lori : The Earth and I, for chorus
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Ensemble: Washington Master Chorale
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Plude, Patricia : October, for female chorus & piano
  • Performers: Amy Broadbent; Shauna Michels; Mark Vogel (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 07/1978

>Chatman, Stephen : Nature Songs 1, for chorus
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Chatman, Stephen : Nature Songs, no 2 :: On the Beach at Night Alone
  • Performer: Mark Vogel (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Dinerstein, Norman : Frogs :: An Old Silent Pond
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Barber, Samuel : To Be Sung on the Water, for 4 voices, Op. 42/2
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1968

>Barber, Samuel : Heaven-Haven, for chorus (arr. of song Op. 13/1)
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1961

>Mechem, Kirke : Five Centuries of Spring, Op. 24 :: Loveliest of Trees
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Finney, Ross Lee : Spherical Madrigals :: See How the Arched Earth
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1947

>Effinger, Cecil : Pastorales (4) for chorus & oboe
  • Performer: Noelle Drewes (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 14 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lauridsen, Morten : Nocturnes (3) for Chorus and Piano
  • Performer: Mark Vogel (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>McCullough, Donald : The Eye Begins to See, for soloists, chorus, cello & piano
  • Performers: Kacy Clopton (Cello); Mark Vogel (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Colohan
  • Notes: 2013-03-11&2013-03-18&2013-
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012