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I Saw Eternity - works for a capella chorus by Corlis, Enns, Halley, Galbraith, Sirett, Buhr et al. / Elora Festival Singers

> Missa Pax - Missa Pax: Gloria
> I saw eternity - I saw eternity
> Nunc Dimittis - Nunc Dimittis
> Missa Brevis - Kyrie
> Missa Brevis - Gloria
> Missa Brevis - Sanctus - Hosanna - Benedictus
> Missa Brevis - Agnus Dei
> To See the Cherry Hung with Snow - To See the Cherry Hung with Snow
> Bring Us, O Lord God - Bring Us, O Lord God
> Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence - Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
> Flying Swans - Flying Swans
> Bless the Lord for the Good Land - Bless the Lord for the Good Land
> Ritchot Mass: Agnus Dei (version for chorus and piano) - Ritchot Mass: Agnus Dei (version for chorus and piano)
> Psalm 23, "The Lord Is My Shepherd" - Psalm 23, "The Lord Is My Shepherd"
> 2 Rossetti Songs - 2 Rossetti Songs: No. 2. Remember

Album Summary

>Corlis, Timothy : Missa Pax
>Enns, Leonard : I saw eternity, for chorus
>Tiefenbach, Peter : Nunc Dimittis, for chorus
>Tiefenbach, Peter : Missa Brevis, for chorus
>Corlis, Timothy : To See the Cherry Hung With Snow, for chorus
>Halley, Paul : Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus & organ
>Galbraith, Craig : Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, for chorus
>Mozetich, Marjan : Flying Swans, for chorus, cello & clarinet
>Sirett, Mark : Bless the Lord for the Good Land, for chorus
>Buhr, Glenn : The Ritchot Mass
>Raminsh, Imant : Psalm 23
>Chatman, Stephen : Rossetti Songs
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording brings together eleven leading composers whose origins in or strong associations with Canada are manifest in their central position in Canadian musical life. In a program through which the power of tradition and faith flows strongly, themes are explored ranging from paradise and heavenly fulfillment to tragic loss; and from timeless hymn and psalm texts to an exploration of the brevity of human existence in the title work, I Saw Eternity. One of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond, the Elora Festival Singers' 'must-have' (Gramophone) program of Eric Whitacre (8.559677) is just one of their many acclaimed recordings.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The performances here are technically brilliant. Very occasionally there may be a hint of strain, especially among the sopranos on some high notes, but it would be churlish to dwell on that. Noel Edison founded the Elora Festival Singers in 1980 as the principal choral group for the festival in Elora, Ontario, where Edison is director of music at St John's Church. Among the works on this recording are pieces by Corlis, Tiefenbach, and Galbraith written especially for this choir. The essay by Rick Phillips in the booklet consists mainly of thumbnail biographical sketches of the 11 composers. Texts are not given, but they can be obtained at the Naxos website. This is part of the Naxos "Canadian Classics" series and may serve as an introduction to composers probably little known outside of Canada. Listeners looking for more generous helpings of their works may do well to keep an eye on future releases in the series.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Cana (04/07/2011-04/10/2011).



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Works Details

>Corlis, Timothy : Missa Pax :: Gloria
  • Performer: Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Ensemble: Elora Festival Singers
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2009

>Enns, Leonard : I saw eternity, for chorus
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Tiefenbach, Peter : Nunc Dimittis, for chorus
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2003

>Tiefenbach, Peter : Missa Brevis, for chorus
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1976

>Corlis, Timothy : To See the Cherry Hung With Snow, for chorus
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Halley, Paul : Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Michael Bloss (Organ)
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Galbraith, Craig : Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, for chorus
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2005

>Mozetich, Marjan : Flying Swans, for chorus, cello & clarinet
  • Performers: John Marshman (Cello); Stephen Pierre (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2010

>Sirett, Mark : Bless the Lord for the Good Land, for chorus
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Buhr, Glenn : The Ritchot Mass :: Agnus Dei
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Raminsh, Imant : Psalm 23
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chatman, Stephen : Rossetti Songs :: 2. Remember
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, Ontario, Canada (04/07/2011-04/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999