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Hamson Sisler (b.1932): Trans-Cultural Bonding - Isreali-American Festival Overture; Cantata for Living; Japan Tragedy 2011; Faiths Cohabiting

Album Summary

>Sisler, Hampson A. : Israeli-American Festival Overture
>Sisler, Hampson A. : Cantata for Living, for 4 soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Sisler, Hampson A. : Japan Tragedy 2011, for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra
>Sisler, Hampson A. : Faiths Cohabiting, for orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hampson Sisler is an organist as well as a choral director and composer. He is currently music director at the historic St. James Episcopal Church in Elmhurst, New York.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
This celebration of "trans-cultural bonding" in world premiere recordings by Hampson Sisler is an admirable undertaking. The most recent work, from 2013, is the Israeli-American Festival Overture, a pallid mishmash of Hebrew and American folk music celebrating America's support for Israel. From 1974 is a somber Cantata for Living "based on philosophes of life with respect to human frailties and proclivities". The hymn like seventh movement, 'Maturity', gives the piece a happy ending. Japan Tragedy 2001, depicting the earthquake and tsunami of 2001, uses Asian and American motifs. The performance and recording by the New Symphony of Israel are more solid than the Bulgarian Radio Orchestra in the cantata. Faiths Cohabitating, an overtly didactic work, quotes Christian, Muslim, and Hebrew themes; it is described by the composer as "an encouragement to 'warring' religions, living in close proximity with one another, to learn greater tolerance and acceptance of the other's ways".



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Works Details

>Sisler, Hampson A. : Israeli-American Festival Overture
  • Conductor: Arkady Leytush
  • Ensemble: Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestraá
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sisler, Hampson A. : Cantata for Living, for 4 soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: D. Gambuchev; D. Panchevska; M. Pashovsky; G. Semeonova
  • Conductor: Arkady Leytush
  • Ensemble: Israel Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Sisler, Hampson A. : Japan Tragedy 2011, for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Irina Betman; Sorin Semelian
  • Conductor: Arkady Leytush
  • Ensemble: Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Sisler, Hampson A. : Faiths Cohabiting, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Arkady Leytush
  • Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra of Israel
  • Running Time: 19 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012
  • Studio/Live: Live