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Seven Responses - contemporary choral works by Carloine Shaw, Hans Thomalla, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmbreen, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, David Little, Santa Ratniece & Lewis Spartlan / The Crossing

Album Summary

>Shaw, Caroline : To the Hands, for chorus & string quartet
>Thomalla, Hans : I come near you, for chorus & chamber ensemble
>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : Ad Cor, for chorus & chamber orchestra
>Thorvaldsdottir, Anna : Ad genua (To the knees), for soprano, double chorus, string quartet & double bass
>Little, David T. : Dress in magic amulets dark, from My feet, for chorus & chamber orchestra
>Ratniece, Santa : My soul will sink within me, for chorus & chamber orchestra
>Spratlan, Lewis : Common Ground, for soprano, baritone, chorus & chamber orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

A substantial album that never loses sight of the human voice at its heart, Seven Responses from Philadelphia's superlative choir, The Crossing, began as a project to explore the topic of suffering. Seven extraordinary composers were asked to respond to one of the cantatas of Dieterich Buxtehude's 1680 oratorio, Membra Jesu Nostri (The Limbs of Jesus). Performed by The Crossing and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the resulting pieces are diverse and uniquely personal yet together create a whole body of work that has an uncanny logic and leaves a powerful impression. One to remember. Hailing from Denmark, Latvia, Germany, Iceland and the USA and including two Pulitzer Prize winners, the composers have produced works that cover a broad swath of styles. Hans Thomalla calls on the wind instruments to play multiphonics, blurring our perception as the choir shimmers around their distorted pitches, while Anna Thorvaldsdottir's piece moves from violent string effects to prayerful contemplation in a fully synthesized color palette. The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. Consistently recognized in critical reviews, The Crossing has been hailed as "exquisite" (New York Times), "cutting edge" (Q2 Music), and "indisputably genuine" (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Formed by a group of friends in 2005, the ensemble has since grown exponentially and "has made a name for itself in recent years as a champion of new music." (New York Times)



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Works Details

>Shaw, Caroline : To the Hands, for chorus & string quartet
  • Performers: Steven Bradshaw (Voice); Robert Eisentrout (Voice); Dimitri German (Voice); Maren Montalbano (Voice); Rebecca Siler (Voice); Elisa Sutherland (Voice)
  • Conductor: Donald Nally
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2016

>Thomalla, Hans : I come near you, for chorus & chamber ensemble
  • Conductor: Donald Nally
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 13 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2016

>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : Ad Cor, for chorus & chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Donald Nally
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Thorvaldsdottir, Anna : Ad genua (To the knees), for soprano, double chorus, string quartet & double bass
  • Conductor: Donald Nally
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2016

>Little, David T. : Dress in magic amulets dark, from My feet, for chorus & chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Donald Nally
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2016

>Ratniece, Santa : My soul will sink within me, for chorus & chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Donald Nally
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 16 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2016

>Spratlan, Lewis : Common Ground, for soprano, baritone, chorus & chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Donald Nally
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2016