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Andrew Staniland (b.1977): Dark Star Requiem / Neema Bickersteth, Krisztina Szabó,soprano; Peter McGillivray, Marcus Nance, baritone; The Gryphon Trio; The Elmer Iseler Singers, Wayne Strongman

Album Summary

>Staniland, Andrew : Dark Star Requiem, for soloists, chorus, piano trio & percussion
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Dark Star Requiem came to be after a commission from the Luminato Festival and Tapestry New Opera. The work premiered in 2010 at the Luminato festival in Koerner Hall, Toronto, Canada. The work is an operatic oratorio with music by composer Andrew Staniland and text by poet Jill Battson. It is scored for four singers, piano trio, percussion, and chorus. The topic of all of the poems in the work used is HIV/AIDS and how it affects the lives and worlds of those who live with the disease or love someone living with the disease. Performers on this recording include soprano Neema Bickersteth, mezzo soprano/alto Krisztina Szabo, baritone Peter McGillivray, and bass-baritone Marcus Nance. These vocalists are joined by The Elmer Iseler Singers, The Gryphon Trio, and percussionists Ryan Scott and Mark Duggan.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Canada (06/10/2010/06/11/2010).



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Works Details

>Staniland, Andrew : Dark Star Requiem, for soloists, chorus, piano trio & percussion
  • Performers: Neema Bickersteth; Mark Duggan (Percussion); Peter McGillivray; Marcus Nance (Bass Baritone); Ryan Scott (Percussion); Krisztina Szabó
  • Conductor: Wayne Strongman
  • Ensemble: Gryphon Trio
  • Notes: Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Canada (06/10/2010/06/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Studio/Live: Live