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American Polyphony' - Randall Thompson: Alleluia; Bernstein: Missa brevis; Barber: Angnus Dei; Copland: Four Motets et al. / Polyphony, Stephen Layton

Album Summary

>Thompson, Randall : Alleluia
>Barber, Samuel : Agnus Dei
>Barber, Samuel : Reincarnations, for 4 voices, Op. 16
>Bernstein, Leonard : Missa Brevis, for alto, chorus & percussion (or 7 violins & percussion)
>Copland, Aaron : Motets (4), for chorus
>Barber, Samuel : Twelfth Night, for 4 voices. Op. 42/1
>Barber, Samuel : To Be Sung on the Water, for 4 voices, Op. 42/2
>Barber, Samuel : A Nun Takes the Veil, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/1
>Barber, Samuel : The Virgin Martyrs, Op. 8 no 1
>Barber, Samuel : Let Down the Bars, O Death, Op. 8 no 2
>Thompson, Randall : Fare Well
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Polyphony and Stephen Layton present highlights from the choral repertoire by four twentieth-century American giants: Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Randall Thompson. Framed by Thompson's understated favorites Alleluia and Fare Well, the program includes Bernstein's Missa brevis, motets by Copland and - of course - Barber's inimitable Agnus Dei.

The Observer, 21st June 2015
Stephen Layton's Polyphony are an always impressive choir of startling purity and clarity.

Sunday Times, 28th June 2015
The peerless choir offer meticulously blended and shaped performances of 20th-century a cappella American choral works.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2015
This is the finest performance of Barber's Agnus Dei I've heard by any choir, live or on record... a wonderful recital, not to be missed.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
This is an atmospheric anthology, fastidiously chosen and delivered by this fine choir.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London.



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Works Details

>Thompson, Randall : Alleluia
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Barber, Samuel : Agnus Dei
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/22/2011-08/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Barber, Samuel : Reincarnations, for 4 voices, Op. 16
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/22/2011-08/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1937-1940

>Bernstein, Leonard : Missa Brevis, for alto, chorus & percussion (or 7 violins & percussion)
  • Performer: Robert Millett (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/22/2011-08/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1988

>Copland, Aaron : Motets (4), for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/22/2011-08/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1921

>Barber, Samuel : Twelfth Night, for 4 voices. Op. 42/1
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/22/2011-08/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Barber, Samuel : To Be Sung on the Water, for 4 voices, Op. 42/2
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/22/2011-08/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1968

>Barber, Samuel : A Nun Takes the Veil, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/1
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/22/2011-08/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Barber, Samuel : The Virgin Martyrs, Op. 8 no 1
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1935

>Barber, Samuel : Let Down the Bars, O Death, Op. 8 no 2
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/22/2011-08/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Thompson, Randall : Fare Well
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973