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Legacy: April 18, 2004 - Rachmaninov, Davies, Durufle, Stravinsky and Poulenc / Westminster Choir

> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Hail, O Virgin Mother (Ave Maria)
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Hexapsalms: Glory to God on high
> The Lord's Prayer - The Lord's Prayer
> Notre Pere, Op. 14 - Notre Pere, Op. 14
> Pater noster (Otche nash', Our Father) - Pater noster (Otche nash', Our Father)
> Un soir de neige, FP 126 - No. 1. De grandes cuillers de neige
> Un soir de neige, FP 126 - No. 2. La bonne neige
> Un soir de neige, FP 126 - No. 3. Bois meurtri
> Un soir de neige, FP 126 - No. 4. La nuit le froid la solitude
> Mass for Double Choir - Mass for Double Choir: Agnus Dei
> 4 Quartets, Op. 92 (text by F. Hebbe) - 4 Quartets, Op. 92: No. 3. Abendlied
> 6 Quartets, Op. 112 (text by F.T. Kugler) - 6 Quartets, Op. 112: No. 1. Sehnsucht
> Agnus Dei, Op. 11 - Agnus Dei, Op. 11
> Serenade to Music - Serenade to Music
> Innisfree - Innisfree
> Annie Laurie (arr. A. Parker and R. Shaw for choir) - Annie Laurie (arr. A. Parker and R. Shaw for choir)
> Black is the Color (arr. S. Churchill for choir) - Black is the Color (arr. S. Churchill for choir)
> Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) (arr. J. Flummerfelt) - Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) (arr. J. Flummerfelt for choir)

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Vespers
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Lord's Prayer, for SATB chorus, J. 54
>Duruflé, Maurice : Notre Pere, Op. 14
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pater noster
>Poulenc, Francis : Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126
>Martin, Frank : Mass
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartets (4) for mixed voices & piano, Op. 92
>Brahms, Johannes : Sehnsucht ("Es rinnen die Wasser Tag und Nacht"), quartet for mixed voices & piano, Op. 112/1
>Barber, Samuel : Agnus Dei
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Serenade to music
>Custer, Gerald : Innisfree, for chorus
>Traditional, Scottish : Annie Laurie, folk song
>Traditional, American : Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, folk song
>Weatherly, Frederick E. : Danny Boy
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A milestone in Westminster Choir College's history - the Westminster Choir's final home concert with Joseph Flummerfelt - will be available as a CD on July 31, 2012. Titled Legacy, the recording features works selected by Maestro Flummerfelt that best represent the essence of that historic performance on April 18, 2004, in Bristol Chapel on the Westminster Choir College campus.

The CD includes some of the works most closely identified with the man hailed by Leonard Bernstein as "the world's greatest choral conductor": Samuel Barber's Angus Dei, Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, two Brahms Quartets and Flummerfelt's arrangement of Danny Boy.

Great music has the power to bring to both those who perform and those who listen a connection that helps restore some balance in their lives," he wrote in the concert program. "Seeking this balance has been the central motivating impulse during my years with the Westminster Choir. Hopefully, this evening's concert may bear witness to this."

As the artistic director and principal conductor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Joseph Flummerfelt inspired countless young musicians to combine musical discipline with expressive spontaneity. Upon his retirement in 2004 from the choral leadership of Westminster Choir College, a position he held for 33 years, he became conductor laureate of the Choir. His choirs may be heard on more than 45 recordings, including collaborations with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony and the National Symphony; he has also directed the Westminster Choir in several recordings of their own.

Joseph Flummerfelt is one of three artistic directors for the Spoleto Festival USA, and was for many years Maestro del coro for the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. He is also the chorus master for the New York Philharmonic; music director of the New York Choral Artists, which he founded in 1979; and for five years he was the music director of Singing City in Philadelphia. His many honors include the Prix du Président de la République of L'Académie du Disque Français and two Grammy nominations. He has also received four honorary doctorates.

The recording also includes accompanist Nancianne Parrella, one of America's preeminent choral accompanists. For several years she served as accompanist and assistant director of the Westminster Choir and accompanist for the Westminster Symphonic Choir. She is also the associate organist of the Church of St Ignatius Loyola in New York. Soloists are Marisa Maupin, soprano; Jenna Lebherz, mezzo-soprano and Anthony Beck, baritone.


Legacy Track Listing

Rachmaninoff: Bogoróditse Devo
Rachmaninoff: Shestopsálmiye

Three Settings of the Lord's Prayer
Maxwell Davies: The Lord's Prayer
Duruflé: Notre Pére
Stravinsky: Pater Noster

Poulenc: Un Soir de Neige
De grandes cuillers de neige
La bonne neige
Bois Meutri
La nuit le froid la solitude

Martin: Agnus Dei from Mass
Brahms: Two Quartets
Abendlied
Sehnsucht

Barber: Agnus Dei

Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

Custer: Innisfree

Parker/Shaw (arr): Annie Laurie

Churchill (arr): Black Is The Color of My True Love's Hair

Flummerfelt (arr): Danny Boy

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bristol Chapel at Westminister Choir College, Princeton (04/18/2004).



Reviews

Hail and Farewell!
"Legacy" documents Joseph Flummerfelt's final concert as music director of the Westminster Choir (retired from that post after more than 30 years, he remains an artist in residence). The program was selected for its perceived connection to the spiritual--not that it's all sacred music--and is nicely gathered into sets: selections by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and Poulenc, various settings of the Lord's Prayer and the Agnus Dei, and finally arrangements of four folk songs. While it's a live recording, there's almost no audience noise, and applause only at the end. (There must surely have been a reaction to this amazingly controlled performance of the Barber Agnus Dei, treacherous high notes and all!) Nice sound, though one might occasionally want a little more from the piano. I don't know why the disc is just being released now, when the concert was in April of 2004, but it's a welcome tribute to a man who's done so much for choral music.
Submitted on 09/10/12 by Jim D. 
Westminster Choir bids adieu in 2004
The opening notes establish the characteristic mellow sound of this group, directed by Joseph Flummerfelt, bringing lessons in the best of choral music for churches, universities, and choirs. For decades this choral group promulgated the essence of the college devoted to training ministers of music. The farewell concert of Westminster Choir College in April 2004 from Bristol Chapel on the campus in Princeton is preserved for fond audiences in this CD.

This is a Twentieth Century program, with the exception of the Brahms quartets; even the concluding ballads were arranged by modern composers. The sensitivity and accuracy of superlative training shine through, as does the joy and energy of the young voices. No section dominates unless carrying the melody or a transition. Yet each part is clearly stated—even the words can be understood. Three arrangements of The Lord’s Prayer and presentations in foreign languages provide fine examples for emulation and appreciation. Each song provides a lesson for choirs and directors—control, balance, dynamics, background and solo, breathing, fading and building, velvet texture without hollow overtones. The Poulenc melodies take us to France to imagine the snowfall; two Agnus Dei settings draw us to introspection, especially with the Barber setting, usually heard instrumentally rather than sung.


The selections reach to musicians looking for standards of excellence for local choirs, teachers and students, and to general audiences. And yet there is pathos and sadness in this farewell to a former age. After this concert, Mr. Flummerfelt retired from his 33-year tenure as artistic director and conductor to become conductor laureate and to pursue other professional interests.


Westminster College was absorbed by Rider College in the late 1990s, and eventually evolved into part of the Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University. The Choir College continues to train its graduates for church music leadership as part of Rider University’s emphasis on academic and professional training.


Indeed the work of the Westminster Choir, Joseph Flummerfelt, the Choir College, and this recording represent a Legacy for the finest in choral music; it is aptly titled. Keep this recording as a valuable treasure of the Best.

Submitted on 10/11/12 by howsweetthesound 
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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Westminster Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Vespers :: Shestopsálmiye
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Lord's Prayer, for SATB chorus, J. 54
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1962

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Notre Père, Op. 14
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pater noster
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Poulenc, Francis : Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1944

>Martin, Frank : Mass :: Agnus Dei
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1922-1926

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartets (4) for mixed voices & piano, Op. 92 :: Abendlied
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Sehnsucht ("Es rinnen die Wasser Tag und Nacht"), quartet for mixed voices & piano, Op. 112/1
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1888-1891

>Barber, Samuel : Agnus Dei
  • Performer: Marisa Maupin
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Serenade to music
  • Performers: Anthony Beck; Jenna Lebherz
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1938

>Custer, Gerald : Innisfree, for chorus
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.

>Traditional, Scottish : Annie Laurie, folk song
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1823

>Traditional, American : Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, folk song
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.

>Weatherly, Frederick E. : Danny Boy
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal