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Transient Glory III - choral works by John Corigliano, Paquio, D'Rivera, Michael Gordon, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley & Bora Yoon / Young People's Chorus of New York

Album Summary

>Gordon, Michael [Flute] : Every Stop on the F Train, for chorus
>Yoon, Bora : Semaphore Conductus, soundscape
>Monk, Meredith : Three Heavens and Hells
>Riley, Terry [Composer] : Another Secret eQuation, for chorus & string quartet
>Corigliano, John : One Sweet Morning, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra
>D'Rivera, Paquito : Tembandumba, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Founded in 1988 by artistic director Francisco J. Nez, the Young People's Chorus of New York City is an internationally renowned multicultural youth chorus with a reputation for superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship. Transient Glory is a series conceived by Nez in 2001 to spotlight the YPC as a creative source of inspiration for the works of the world's leading composers. For the superb third collection from this series, composers Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Michael Gordon, John Corigliano, Paquito D'Rivera and Bora Yoon were commissioned by YPC for performances that form another rich chapter in their groundbreaking repertoire.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The strangest thing here is Bora Voon's 'Semaphore Conductus', an ode to communication through the ages animated by the sounds of conch shells, walkie-talkies, gramophones, cell phones. It, too, is clever.

What I do admire is Terry Riley's 16- minute commentary on clever nonsense as an antidote to the fatuous nonsense that attends our 21st Century lives. In three sections - each of them aided and abetted by the Kronos Quartet - it's an engaging piece that runs the gamut from despair to a cathartic release of tension. The singers do amazing things with it. Bravo to the kids.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jon Holden (piano).

Recording information: Avatar Studios, Kaufmann Hall at 92nd Street Y; Dubway Studios, New York City.



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Works Details

>Gordon, Michael [Flute] : Every Stop on the F Train, for chorus
  • Performer: Young People's Chorus of New York City
  • Conductor: Francisco Nunez
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Yoon, Bora : Semaphore Conductus, soundscape
  • Performers: Bora Yoon (Chimes); Bora Yoon (Synthesizer); Young People's Chorus of New York City
  • Conductor: Francisco Nunez
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Monk, Meredith : Three Heavens and Hells :: Things Heaven and Hell
  • Performers: Meredith Monk (Voice); Young People's Chorus of New York City
  • Conductor: Francisco Nunez
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Riley, Terry [Composer] : Another Secret eQuation, for chorus & string quartet
  • Performer: Young People's Chorus of New York City
  • Conductor: Francisco Nunez
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2010

>Corigliano, John : One Sweet Morning, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra
  • Performer: Young People's Chorus of New York City
  • Conductor: Francisco Nunez
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2011

>D'Rivera, Paquito : Tembandumba, for chorus
  • Performer: Young People's Chorus of New York City
  • Conductor: Francisco Nunez
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009