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Michael G. Cunningham (b.1937): Wisdom, Love, Eternity: Choral Works / Kühn Choir, Marek Vorlicek

Album Summary

>Cunningham, Michael G. : A Psalm of Life, for chorus
>Cunningham, Michael G. : Come, Holy Spirit, for chorus & 4 clarinets
>Cunningham, Michael G. : Gnosis, for chorus
>Cunningham, Michael G. : Shall I Compare Thee?, for chorus
>Cunningham, Michael G. : The Nightingale, for 2 sopanos, chorus & piano
>Cunningham, Michael G. : To Daffodils, for chorus
>Cunningham, Michael G. : Posies, for chorus & harp
>Cunningham, Michael G. : Analects, for chorus
>Cunningham, Michael G. : The West Wind, for chorus
>Cunningham, Michael G. : Memorial Concert Mass, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On his latest release on Navona Records, WISDOM-LOVE-ETERNITY, composer Michael G. Cunningham presents a collection of his choral works, performed by the Kühn Choir of Prague conducted by Marek Vorlícek, which explore the spiritual element of the human condition, addressing the uncertainty of death, the inexpressible emotion of love, and humans' search for an understanding of God.Poetry plays a significant role in many of the works in the album. Poetry from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Shakespeare, C. P. Cranch, Francesco Petrarch, Robert Herrick, Robert Burns, P. B. Shelley, and others is introduced, inspiring contemplative, dramatic, and elaborate vocal harmonies, instrumental accompaniment, and musical imagery. Some of Cunningham's more austere writing is found in his setting of text from the Christian liturgy in works such as Come, Holy Spirit (1975) and The West Wind (1961). Audiophile Audition praises Michael G. Cunningham as "a gifted and interesting composer" Cunningham has written over 200 compositions, spanning virtually every medium. He is a respected educator and author, with more than ten books published focusing on the subjects of composition and music theory His works have been performed in Europe, Japan, Australia, and throughout the United States Cunningham's other albums - PARAGONIA, SONIC FLIGHT, GALLERY, and COLONNADE - are available through Navona Records His works are featured on the Navona compilations VOICES OF EARTH & AIR, QUADRANTS, and CONTINUUM

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Prague Academy in Prague, Czech Republic (04/15/2015); The Prague Academy in Prague, Czech Republic (06/16/2015); The Prague Academy in Prague, Czech Republic (06/18/2012); The Prague Academy in Prague, Czech Republic (06/19/2012); The Prague Academy in Prague, Czech Republic (10/30/2014); The Prague Academy in Prague, Czech Republic (11/24/2012).



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Works Details

>Cunningham, Michael G. : A Psalm of Life, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Ensemble: Kühn Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Cunningham, Michael G. : Come, Holy Spirit, for chorus & 4 clarinets
  • Performers: Katerina Cermakova (Clarinet); Nela Durnikova (Clarinet); Veronika Hofmanova (Clarinet); Josef Jarabek (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Ensemble: Kühn Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cunningham, Michael G. : Gnosis, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Ensemble: Kühn Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Cunningham, Michael G. : Shall I Compare Thee?, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Ensemble: Kühn Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Cunningham, Michael G. : The Nightingale, for 2 sopanos, chorus & piano
  • Performers: Alena Hellerova; Jaroslava Saroun (Piano); Michaela Srumora
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Ensemble: Kühn Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cunningham, Michael G. : To Daffodils, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Ensemble: Kühn Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Cunningham, Michael G. : Posies, for chorus & harp
  • Performer: Hana Müllerová-Jouzova (Harp)
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Ensemble: Kühn Choir
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cunningham, Michael G. : Analects, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Ensemble: Kühn Choir
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Cunningham, Michael G. : The West Wind, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Ensemble: Kühn Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1961

>Cunningham, Michael G. : Memorial Concert Mass, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Ensemble: Kühn Choir
  • Running Time: 14 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014