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Works by Greg Bartholomew, Lars Johan Werle, Stephen Chatman, Eric Banks, Heinrich Poos and Maurice Ravel / The Esoterics, Eric Banks

Album Summary

>Bartholomew, Greg : The tree, for chorus
>Werle, Lars Johan : Trees, poems (4) for baritone & chorus after e. e. cummings
>Chatman, Stephen : Due North
>Banks, Eric : Twelve flowers, for chorus
>Poos, Heinrich : Sphragis, for chorus
>Ravel, Maurice : Trois chansons, for chorus (or voice & piano)
>Unspecified : Out-take
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Esoterics goes deep into the woods to present the second of three choral ecologies, SYLVANA. In Sphragis [The seal] by the German composer Heinrich Poos, we hear Ovid's account of the mourning forest after the death of Orpheus, and celebrate the reunion with his beloved Eurydice. In trees, by the Swede Lars-Johan Werle, we witness the majesty and whimsy of e. e. cummings' inimitable poem. With the Canadian Stephen Chatman, we head Due north, into a choral universe evoked by his titles: mountains,trees, woodpecker, varied thrushes, and mosquitoes. With Founding Director Eric Banks, we meditate on Twelve flowers, setting haiku by Yosa Buson that follow the different blooms through the months of the year. Seattle composer Greg Bartholomew provides yet another devotion in his setting of Jones Very's profound poem The tree; and Maurice Ravel's Trois chansons [Three songs] retell the tale of Nicolette (Little Red Riding Hood gone awry), pay homage to three wistful birds of paradise, and give a frenzied warning to the children of Ormonde: avoid the fierce monsters in the forest!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-04-29&2014-05-02&2014-).



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>Bartholomew, Greg : The tree, for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-04-29&2014-05-02&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Werle, Lars Johan : Trees, poems (4) for baritone & chorus after e. e. cummings
  • Performers: Erica Atnip (Voice); Mitchell Baier (Voice); Alex Barnes (Voice); Kylie Della (Voice); Keith Horlock (Voice); Katie Krupin (Voice); Pam Policastri (Voice); Joe Scott (Voice); Josh Thorsen (Voice)
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-04-29&2014-05-02&2014-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Chatman, Stephen : Due North
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-04-29&2014-05-02&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Banks, Eric : Twelve flowers, for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-04-29&2014-05-02&2014-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Poos, Heinrich : Sphragis, for chorus
  • Performers: Alex Barnes (Voice); Ben Leonid (Voice); Campbell Thibo (Voice)
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-04-29&2014-05-02&2014-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Ravel, Maurice : Trois chansons, for chorus (or voice & piano)
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-04-29&2014-05-02&2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Unspecified : Out-take :: A tree too far
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle (2014-04-29&2014-05-02&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.