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Floodsongs - Contemporary American music by Marshall Ingram, Anne LeBaron, Meredith Monk et al. / Solaris Vocal Ens.

Album Summary

>Marshall, Ingram : Hackney Tune ("Give Ear, O God"), for chorus
>LeBaron, Anne : Floodsongs, for chorus & electronics
>White, Frances : Far, still, for chorus & cello
>Monk, Meredith : Wedding March, for chorus, organ & drum
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Anne LeBaron's Floodsongs sets three poems to music for choir and includes optional electronics. The vocal transformations in 'Bullfrog's Liturgy' are aiming for a deep, throaty sound. The 12 voices of Solaris sound best with organ in Meredith Monk's uplifting yet mesmerizing 'Wedding March'. The six minutes of vocalizations are stately and pleasing. The separate vocal lines are all straightforward and use mostly stepwise motion.

Led by conductor Giselle Wyers, the Solaris Vocal Ensemble performs a program of contemporary American music that includes works by Meredith Monk, the 2012 Musical America Composer of the Year; Ingram Marshall, whose music concentrates on combining tape and electronic processing with ensembles and soloists; Anne LaBaron, whose compositions embrace an exotic array of subjects; and Frances White, whose study of the shakuhachi informs and influences her works as a composer. All world premiere recordings, these works reflect a renaissance of innovation in the field of choral music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bastyr University Chapel, Kenmore, Washington (04/2012).



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>Marshall, Ingram : Hackney Tune ("Give Ear, O God"), for chorus
  • Conductor: Giselle Wyers
  • Ensemble: Solaris Vocal Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>LeBaron, Anne : Floodsongs, for chorus & electronics
  • Conductor: Giselle Wyers
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>White, Frances : Far, still, for chorus & cello
  • Performer: Sonja Myklebust (Cello)
  • Conductor: Giselle Wyers
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Monk, Meredith : Wedding March, for chorus, organ & drum
  • Performer: Hyunju Choi (Organ)
  • Conductor: Giselle Wyers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1993