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Copland and His American Contemporaries / Higginbottom

Album Summary

>Hailstork, Adolphus : The Song of Deborah, for soprano, alto, chorus & organ
>Copland, Aaron : In the Beginning
>Larsen, Libby : I Will Sing and Raise a Psalm, for choir
>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : O, Deus, ego amo Te, for chorus & organ (from "Motets (3)")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Oratio Patris Condren
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Thee, God, for chorus & organ (from "Motets (3)")
>Ives, Charles : Psalm 67 "God be merciful unto us"
>Stravinsky, Igor : Anthem
>Stravinsky, Igor : Mass
>Tippett, Michael : A Child of Our Time, oratorio
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Notes & Reviews:

"This is, I believe, the final release in a series of three CDs. I've already reviewed and greatly enjoyed the two previous disc, one devoted to Poulenc and his French contemporaries and the other given over to music by James MacMillan and other modern British composers. In fact the latter disc was so impressive that I selected it as one of my Recordings of the Year for 2006. There's a great deal to commend this latest volume too I salute Dr. Higginbottom for including some music by Ned Rorem, one of the very finest American composers of vocal music. Though not billed as such on the track-listing, the three items offered here form a set, Rorem's Three Motets on Poems by Gerald Manley Hopkins I enjoyed making the acquaintance of the pieces by Libby Larsen and by the splendidly named Adolphus Hailstork. The anthem by Hailstork is written in a fluent and accessible style. I found it to be most impressive and it's clear that this composer is very comfortable writing for unaccompanied voices. One could say exactly the same of the Larsen work except that it features an important organ part. This jubilant setting of words of St. Francis of Assisi is very successful. The New College choir put us in their debt by letting us hear these unfamiliar pieces in fine, committed performances this is a very good disc, which nicely rounds off a most stimulating mini-series. I congratulate Dr. Higginbottom and his excellent choir on putting together three enterprising programmes and executing them so well. Collectors who have acquired the previous two volumes need not hesitate." -MusicWeb International



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Works Details

>Hailstork, Adolphus : The Song of Deborah, for soprano, alto, chorus & organ
  • Performer: Henry Jenkinson (Treble)
  • Notes: New College Chapel, Oxford, England (07/11/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Copland, Aaron : In the Beginning
  • Performer: Katherine Bond
  • Notes: New College Chapel, Oxford, England (07/11/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 17 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Larsen, Libby : I Will Sing and Raise a Psalm, for choir
  • Notes: New College Chapel, Oxford, England (07/11/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
  • Notes: New College Chapel, Oxford, England (07/11/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : O, Deus, ego amo Te, for chorus & organ (from "Motets (3)")
  • Notes: New College Chapel, Oxford, England (07/11/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Oratio Patris Condren :: O Jesu Vivens in Maria, for chorus & organ (from "Motets (3)")
  • Notes: New College Chapel, Oxford, England (07/11/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Thee, God, for chorus & organ (from "Motets (3)")
  • Notes: New College Chapel, Oxford, England (07/11/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Ives, Charles : Psalm 67 "God be merciful unto us"
  • Notes: New College Chapel, Oxford, England (07/11/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1894

>Stravinsky, Igor : Anthem :: The Dove Descending Breaks the Air, for chorus
  • Notes: New College Chapel, Oxford, England (07/11/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Stravinsky, Igor : Mass
  • Performers: Henry Jenkinson (Treble); Simon Beston (Treble); Alastair Putt (Treble); Tom Edwards (Treble)
  • Notes: New College Chapel, Oxford, England (07/11/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Tippett, Michael : A Child of Our Time, oratorio :: Steal Away
  • Performers: Simon Beston (Treble); Sasha Ockenden (Treble)
  • Notes: New College Chapel, Oxford, England (07/11/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1939-1941