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Jennifer Higdon: The Singing Rooms

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>Higdon, Jennifer : The Singing Rooms, for violin, chorus & orchestra
>Singleton, Alvin : PraiseMaker, for chorus & orchestra
>Scriabin, Alexander : La poème de l'extase

Album Summary

>Higdon, Jennifer : The Singing Rooms, for violin, chorus & orchestra
>Singleton, Alvin : PraiseMaker, for chorus & orchestra
>Scriabin, Alexander : La poème de l'extase
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Notes & Reviews:

Recent Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon is most of the most sought-after composers today and much of her success can be attributed to Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra [The Atlanta School of Composers] after the recording of her 2002 Concerto for Orchestra. Higdon's latest premiere is The Singing Rooms, a violin concerto with an equally important part for chorus featuring violinist Jennifer Koh, for whom Higdon had previously composed a sonata. Though she has written a number of pieces for chorus either a cappella or accompanied by one or two instruments, The Singing Rooms is Higdon's first work for chorus with orchestra.

"Two world premiere recordings and one orchestral standard...Several underlying themes of this program are of intense emotional energy and working towards fulfillment over time. Including Scriabin's vibrant Poem of Ecstasy just makes sense. The highly coloristic one-movement symphony is a perfect compliment to the new works. Spano directs a highly charged account, led by the excellent playing of the Atlanta Symphony Brass- in particular principal trumpet Thomas Hooten, whose glorious tone sails over the orchestra."-American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Ga. (03/07/2009/03/08/2009).



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>Higdon, Jennifer : The Singing Rooms, for violin, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Jennifer Koh (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Spano
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Ga. (03/07/2009/03/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Singleton, Alvin : PraiseMaker, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Robert Spano
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Ga. (03/07/2009/03/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Scriabin, Alexander : La poème de l'extase
  • Conductor: Robert Spano
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Ga. (03/07/2009/03/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1905-1908