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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: Liegh Mahoney (Violin); Margaret Coltman-Smith (Cello); Bruce Colson (Violin); Ames Asbell (Viola); Will Taylor (Viola); David Dawson (Double Bass); Wallace Depue (Violin); Stephanie Teply (Violin); Betsy Sanders (Cello); Lana Harris (Viola); Laurie Stevens (Violin); Michalis Koutsoupides (Violin); Sara Nelson (Cello); Jessica Gilliam-Valls (Double Bass); Tracy Seeger (Violin); Tammy Linn (Violin)
  • 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); Stephen Martin (Bells); John Wiles; Darlene Cluff; Graeme Francis (Bells); Seung Cho (Organ)
  • 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: Michalis Koutsoupides (Violin); Rebecca Henderson (Oboe); Lana Harris (Viola); Jessica Gilliam-Valls (Double Bass); Laurie Stevens (Violin); Sara Nelson (Cello); Tracy Seeger (Violin); Ben Westney (Cello); Phillip Hill; Megan Pachecano; Elaine Barber (Harp); Will Taylor (Viola); Patrick Hughes (Horn); Ames Asbell (Viola); Susanne Mentzer (Mezzo Soprano); Bruce Colson (Violin); Margaret Coltman-Smith (Cello); Richard MacDowell (Clarinet); Liegh Mahoney (Violin); Tammy Linn (Violin); Wallace Depue (Violin); John Wiles; Marianne Gedigian (Flute); Stephanie Teply (Violin); Lisa Roane; Betsy Sanders (Cello); David Dawson (Double Bass)
  • 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