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American Classics - American Choral Music

Album Summary

>Persichetti, Vincent : Flower Songs (Cantata no 6), for mixed chorus & string orchestra , Op. 157
>Ives, Charles : Psalm 90 "Lord, thou hast been"
>Corigliano, John : Fern Hill, for mezzo-soprano, chorus & orchestra
>Foss, Lukas : Behold, I Build an House for chorus & 2 pianos (or organ)
>Copland, Aaron : In the Beginning
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"The fine Copland performance concludes an excellent disc. The choir is consistently splendid. It's evident that James Morrow has trained them very well indeed. Balance, tuning and intonation are all exemplary and, as far as I could judge without access to scores, their rhythmic security is also spot-on. Though the singers are, presumably, fairly young and have a nice fresh tone there's also a fullness and depth to the tone that you don't always get with student choirs. The recorded sound is excellent and the liner notes are very useful. The absence of texts is a pity but it doesn't dim my enthusiasm for this very stimulating collection of fine performances of mainly unfamiliar repertoire." -MusicWeb (Bargain of the Month)



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>Persichetti, Vincent : Flower Songs (Cantata no 6), for mixed chorus & string orchestra , Op. 157
  • Performers: Jessica Gilliam-Valls (Double Bass); Tracy Seeger (Violin); Sara Nelson (Cello); Michalis Koutsoupides (Violin); Laurie Stevens (Violin); Lana Harris (Viola); Betsy Sanders (Cello); Stephanie Teply (Violin); Wallace Depue (Violin); Tammy Linn (Violin); Liegh Mahoney (Violin); Margaret Coltman-Smith (Cello); David Dawson (Double Bass); Bruce Colson (Violin); Ames Asbell (Viola); Will Taylor (Viola)
  • Conductor: James Morrow
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Bates Recital Hall in the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin (01/21/2006/01/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Ives, Charles : Psalm 90 "Lord, thou hast been"
  • Performers: Jeff Otto (Bells); Thad Anderson (Bells); Darlene Cluff; Graeme Francis (Bells); Seung Cho (Organ); John Wiles; Stephen Martin (Bells)
  • Conductor: James Morrow
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Chamber Singers
  • Notes: Bates Recital Hall in the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin (01/21/2006/01/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1894

>Corigliano, John : Fern Hill, for mezzo-soprano, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Ben Westney (Cello); Jessica Gilliam-Valls (Double Bass); Tracy Seeger (Violin); Sara Nelson (Cello); Rebecca Henderson (Oboe); Michalis Koutsoupides (Violin); Laurie Stevens (Violin); Lana Harris (Viola); Richard MacDowell (Clarinet); Betsy Sanders (Cello); Lisa Roane; Stephanie Teply (Violin); Marianne Gedigian (Flute); John Wiles; Wallace Depue (Violin); Tammy Linn (Violin); Liegh Mahoney (Violin); Megan Pachecano; Margaret Coltman-Smith (Cello); David Dawson (Double Bass); Bruce Colson (Violin); Susanne Mentzer (Mezzo Soprano); Phillip Hill; Ames Asbell (Viola); Patrick Hughes (Horn); Will Taylor (Viola); Elaine Barber (Harp)
  • Conductor: James Morrow
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Chamber Singers
  • Notes: Bates Recital Hall in the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin (01/21/2006/01/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1960-1961

>Foss, Lukas : Behold, I Build an House for chorus & 2 pianos (or organ)
  • Performer: Seung Cho (Organ)
  • Conductor: James Morrow
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Bates Recital Hall in the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin (01/21/2006/01/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Copland, Aaron : In the Beginning
  • Performer: Susanne Mentzer (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: James Morrow
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Bates Recital Hall in the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin (01/21/2006/01/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947