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Craig Hella Johnson (b.1962): Considering Matthew Shepard, passion / Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare

Album Summary

>Johnson, Craig Hella : Considering Matthew Shepard, for chorus & ensemble
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare in this world première recording of Considering Matthew Shepard - his musical response to the tragic death of a young gay man who has become an American icon and a symbol for hope and empowerment. This major new work for chorus, soloists and chamber ensemble sets a rich variety of texts by Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, the composer himself and many others, leading us from anguish to understanding.

MusicWeb International, October 2016
I've long admired Johnson's work with Conspirare, both in established repertoire and relatively new work, and they give their all to this piece ... their diction is impeccable throughout ... Harmonia Mundi have also done themselves proud by deciding that the work was worthy of a recording. I agree with them ... I found it musically, artistically and spiritually very successful, and I recommend it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College, Indiana (02/29/2016-03/03/2016).


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Works Details

>Johnson, Craig Hella : Considering Matthew Shepard, for chorus & ensemble
  • Performer: Rick Gabrillo (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Ensemble: Conspirare
  • Notes: Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College, Indiana (02/29/2016-03/03/2016)
  • Running Time: 99 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio