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Oceana: Music of the Oceans, Lakes, and Seas - music of Osvaldo Golijov, Gösta Nystrm, Eric Banks, Richard Rodney Bennett / The Esoterics; Eric Banks

Album Summary

>Bennett, Richard R. : Sea Change, for chorus & tubular bells
>Golijov, Osvaldo : Coral del Arrecife (The coral of the reef), for chorus
>Nystroem, Gösta : Havsvisioner (3), for chorus
>Banks, Eric : These Oceans Vast, for chorus
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Esoterics sets sail with an album inspired by songs about the open water. This disc is the first in a series of three "choral ecologies" that feature music about three components of the Earth's biosphere: the ocean, the forest, and the atmosphere. In OCEANA, The Esoterics chronicle four modern works whose texts are narratives of our relationship with the most abundant natural resource on our planet. The ocean was a common theme for Swedish composer Gösta Nystroem (1890-1966), who often went to the shore near his Gothenburg home to paint. In Nystroem's Tre havsvisioner (Three sea visions), composed in 1956 for eight-part chorus, the constancy of the sea inspires the contemplation of life's ebb and flow. To conclude his 1996 choral/orchestral symphony Oceana, Argentinean Osvaldo Golijov (b 1960) penned hisCoral del arrecife (The coral of the reef) for double chorus, setting the poetry of Pablo Neruda in an undulating homage to the eponymous goddess. British composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012) is well known for his film scores and his performances as a jazz pianist. Setting poems by Marvell, Spenser, and Shakespeare, Bennett's Sea change captures the mystery of the sea and its islands, and includes a fantastic, ferocious roster of sea monsters! These oceans vast, by founding director Eric Banks (b 1969), sets six nautical poems by Herman Melville that draw on Melville's voyages on whaling ships in the South Pacific. These poems trace the emotional journey of sailors: from the optimism of setting forth; through the fear, abandon, longing, and delirium during the trip; to the relief and wonder upon arriving at "the enviable isles."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-02-25&2014-03-01&2014-).



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Works Details

>Bennett, Richard R. : Sea Change, for chorus & tubular bells
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-02-25&2014-03-01&2014-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Golijov, Osvaldo : Coral del Arrecife (The coral of the reef), for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-02-25&2014-03-01&2014-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Nystroem, Gösta : Havsvisioner (3), for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-02-25&2014-03-01&2014-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Banks, Eric : These Oceans Vast, for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-02-25&2014-03-01&2014-)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012