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Hole in the Sky: Choral Music of Britten, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Part and Whitacre / Westminister Choir College's Williamson Voices

Album Summary

>Gjeilo, Ola : The Spheres, for vocal ensemble
>Whitacre, Eric : She Weeps Over Rahoon, for chorus, English horn & piano
>Barry, John : The Day the Earth Fell Silent, for orchestra
>Paulus, Stephen : Pilgrims' Hymn, for chorus
>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 2
>Henson, Blake : And Dream Awhile, for chorus
>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Officium defunctorum à 6
>Forrest, Dan : Good Night Dear Heart, for chorus & piano
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Drei Motetten für weibliche Stimmen mit Begleitung der Orgel, Op. 39
>Pärt, Arvo : Da pacem Domine
>Parker, Alice : Hark, I hear the harps eternal
>Bruckner, Anton : Locus iste, gradual for chorus in C major, WAB 23
>Duruflé, Maurice : Tantum ergo, motet for chorus, Op. 10/4
>Paulus, Stephen : The Road Home, for women's chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

The world renowned Westminster Choir College's Williamson Voices presents this new release with music from some of the greatest choral composers of all time, including Britten, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Part, and Whitacre. The sound worlds which are explored in this release are colorful, vivid, and contrasting. Britten's "Jubilate Deo" is joyful and shimmering, Mendelssohn's "Veni Domine" adds a unique texture as a work for women's choir, and the "Kyrie" from Tomas Luis de Victoria's 1604 Requiem casts an enchanting and timeless glow over the listener. The music chosen for this program has a common thread, and that is the ability to tear a hole into our spiritual core and provide a deeper understanding of life and living. The Westminster Williamson Voices is conducted by James Jordan, and was described by Gramophone magazine as an ensemble of "intimate and forceful choral artistry," with a tone that is "controlled and silken in sustained phrases as they are vibrantly sonorous in extroverted material."



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Works Details

>Gjeilo, Ola : The Spheres, for vocal ensemble
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Ensemble: The Westminister Williamson Voices
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Whitacre, Eric : She Weeps Over Rahoon, for chorus, English horn & piano
  • Performers: Corey Everly (Piano); Nick Masterson
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Barry, John : The Day the Earth Fell Silent, for orchestra
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Paulus, Stephen : Pilgrims' Hymn, for chorus
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 2
  • Performer: Corey Everly (Piano)
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Henson, Blake : And Dream Awhile, for chorus
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
  • Performer: Peter Carter (Organ)
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Officium defunctorum à 6 :: Officium defunctorum à 6
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Forrest, Dan : Good Night Dear Heart, for chorus & piano
  • Performer: Corey Everly (Piano)
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Drei Motetten für weibliche Stimmen mit Begleitung der Orgel, Op. 39 :: I. Veni, Domine
  • Performer: Peter Carter (Organ)
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1830

>Pärt, Arvo : Da pacem Domine
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Parker, Alice : Hark, I hear the harps eternal
  • Performer: Sara Munson
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bruckner, Anton : Locus iste, gradual for chorus in C major, WAB 23
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1869

>Duruflé, Maurice : Tantum ergo, motet for chorus, Op. 10/4
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Paulus, Stephen : The Road Home, for women's chorus
  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary