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'America' - Choral music of Copland, Reich, Cage, Feldman, Bernstein, Barber / SWR Voklemsemble Stuttgart, Creed

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Motets (4), for chorus
>Reich, Steve : Proverb, for 3 sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 vibes & 2 organs
>Cage, John : Five, for any 5 voices or instruments
>Feldman, Morton : Rothko Chapel for soprano, alto, chorus, celeste, viola & percussion
>Bernstein, Leonard : Missa Brevis, for alto, chorus & percussion (or 7 violins & percussion)
>Barber, Samuel : A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, for male chorus & 3 tympani, Op. 15
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

America' is the first disc in a new series with each CD focusing on the choral music of a different country. The works are presented at the highest artistic level, with ravishing sonics. The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart is one of the few choirs enjoying an international reputation.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2014
An attractive programme of 20th-century American music, moments of choral weight and exposed fragility alike approached with great individuality.



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Works Details

>Copland, Aaron : Motets (4), for chorus
  • Performers: Rüdiger Linn; Philip Niederberger (Voice); Kerstin Steube
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Ensemble: SWR Voklemsemble Stuttgart
  • Notes: Christuskirche Gänsheide, Stuttgart (03/11/2013-03/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1921

>Reich, Steve : Proverb, for 3 sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 vibes & 2 organs
  • Performers: Franz Bach (Vibraphone); Kirsten Drope (Soprano); Tomoko Hemmi (Synthesizer); Johannes Kaleschke (Tenor); Jürgen Kruse (Synthesizer); Boris Müller (Vibraphone); Julius Pfeifer (Tenor); Kerstin Steube; Johanna Zimmer
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Notes: SWR-Funkstudio, Stuttgart (03/07/2013-03/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Cage, John : Five, for any 5 voices or instruments
  • Performers: Angelika Lenter; Johanna Zimmer
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Feldman, Morton : Rothko Chapel for soprano, alto, chorus, celeste, viola & percussion
  • Performers: Ulrike Becker (Alto); Andra Darzins (Viola); Boris Müller (Percussion); Markus Stange (Piano); Johanna Zimmer
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Notes: SWR-Funkstudio, Stuttgart (11/14/2012-11/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Bernstein, Leonard : Missa Brevis, for alto, chorus & percussion (or 7 violins & percussion)
  • Performers: Peer Kaliss (Percussion); Boris Müller (Percussion); Franz Vitzthum (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1988

>Barber, Samuel : A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, for male chorus & 3 tympani, Op. 15
  • Performers: Franz Bach (Bells); Alexander Yudenkov (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940