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'Sirene' - Contemporary choral works, Eric Banks, Voices; Mason Bates: Sirens; Ted Hearne: Ripple; Privilige / The Esoterics

Album Summary

>Banks, Eric : Voices, for chorus
>Bates, Mason : Sirens, song cycle for chorus
>Hearne, Ted : Ripple, for chorus
>Hearne, Ted : Privilege, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Esoteric's 15th CD features four new pieces that demonstrate the contemporary choral "call and response". In "Voices" by Eric Banks, voices from the past call to us from beyond time. Mason Bates' multilingual "Siren" has several points of origin. Ted Hearne's "Privilege" incorporates poignant spoken texts. Mr. Hearne's "Ripple" provocatively sets a single sentence from Iraqi war logs concerning an American soldier emotions, time and the human psyche.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This is the first time I've heard a long choral piece by Mason Bates: Sirens, which he wrote for Chanticleer. Banks, leader of The Esoterics, revoiced it for this project. A setting of the sirens' song from The Odyssey acts as the bookends. All six movements portray some sort of enticement that happens on or near the water.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2013-03-24&2013-03-26&2013-).



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Works Details

>Banks, Eric : Voices, for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics Choral Ensemble
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2013-03-24&2013-03-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Bates, Mason : Sirens, song cycle for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2013-03-24&2013-03-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Hearne, Ted : Ripple, for chorus
  • Performers: Erin Harlan (Voice); Bayta Maring (Voice); Kristen Ramer (Voice)
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2013-03-24&2013-03-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Hearne, Ted : Privilege, for chorus
  • Performers: Mitchell Baier (Voice); Achil Jackson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2013-03-24&2013-03-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010