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Metamorphosis - works by Sanford Sylvan, Jennifer Higdon, Andrea Clearfield and James Primosch

> On the Death of the Righteous - On the Death of the Righteous
> The Golem Psalms - Prologue - I. The Creation of the Golem
> The Golem Psalms - II. Abracadabra
> The Golem Psalms - III. The Dangers of the Name
> The Golem Psalms - IV. The Fountain of Voices
> The Golem Psalms - V. Amok
> The Golem Psalms - VI. Sounds of Clay / Alas Poor Joseph
> The Golem Psalms - VII. The Uncreation of the Golem
> Fire-Memory/River-Memory - What Were They Like?
> Fire-Memory/River-Memory - Of Rivers

Album Summary

>Higdon, Jennifer : On the Death of the Righteous, for chorus & orchestra
>Clearfield, Andrea : The Golem Psalms, for chorus & orchestra
>Primosch, James : Fire Memory/River Memory, for chorus & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Three original works by contemporary American composers, Andrea Clearfield, Jennifer Higdon and James Primosch, all based in Philadelphia, are featured on the new CD recording of performances by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. All three works were commissioned by Mendelssohn Club and premiered in concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia over the past five years.

Under the dynamic leadership of artistic director Alan Harler, Mendelssohn Club has demonstrated a major commitment to new music, commissioning nearly fifty choral works over the past two decades. METAMORPHOSIS is the first recording of all original commissions in the 138-year history of the chorus.

"What makes the work a Clearfield triumph is the evolution of strengths in this composer-her way of elucidating text meaning in deeply vivid ways. In The Golem Psalms (she does so) within well-weighted, singable phrases that reflect mastery with large choral and instrumental force." - David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer



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Works Details

>Higdon, Jennifer : On the Death of the Righteous, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Alan Harler
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Clearfield, Andrea : The Golem Psalms, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Sanford Sylvan
  • Conductor: Alan Harler
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 27 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Primosch, James : Fire Memory/River Memory, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Alan Harler
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
  • Running Time: 18 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live