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Musica Intima "20" - Gems for chorus from 20 Years on Atma / Musica Intima Choir

Audio Samples

>Pearsall, Robert Lucas : Lay a garland on her hearse
>Chatman, Stephen : You Have Ravished My Heart
>Cabena, Barrie : I waited for the Lord, for choir
>Sisask, Urmas : Confitemini Domino, for chorus
>Garrepy, Seth : O nata lux
>Britten, Benjamin : A Boy Was Born
>     Jesu, as thou art our Saviour
>Raminsh, Imant : Ave, verum corpus
>Morlock, Jocelyn : Exaudi, for cello & chorus
>Lang, Rupert : Agneau de Dieu, for chorus
>Healey, Derek E. : Inuit Hunting Song (from "Six Canadian Folk Songs"), for chorus
>Tormis, Veljo : Autumn Landscapes
>     Kanabrik
>Tormis, Veljo : Vespian Paths
>     Vägisi mehele
>Tormis, Veljo : St. John's Day Songs
>     Kutse jaanitulele II
>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
>Traditional, French : A la claire fontaine
>Traditional, Scottish : Loch Lomond
>Fisher, William Arms : Goin' Home (adapted from Dvorak's Symphony no 9 "From the New World", 2nd movement)

Album Summary

>Pearsall, Robert Lucas : Lay a garland on her hearse
>Chatman, Stephen : You Have Ravished My Heart
>Cabena, Barrie : I waited for the Lord, for choir
>Sisask, Urmas : Confitemini Domino, for chorus
>Garrepy, Seth : O nata lux
>Britten, Benjamin : A Boy Was Born
>Raminsh, Imant : Ave, verum corpus
>Morlock, Jocelyn : Exaudi, for cello & chorus
>Lang, Rupert : Agneau de Dieu, for chorus
>Healey, Derek E. : Inuit Hunting Song (from "Six Canadian Folk Songs"), for chorus
>Tormis, Veljo : Autumn Landscapes
>Tormis, Veljo : Vespian Paths
>Tormis, Veljo : St. John's Day Songs
>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
>Traditional, French : A la claire fontaine
>Traditional, Scottish : Loch Lomond
>Fisher, William Arms : Goin' Home (adapted from Dvorak's Symphony no 9 "From the New World", 2nd movement)
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Lush harmonies, intricate arrangements and soaring melodies have been the foundation of musica intima's recordings. Over the years, musica intima has relished performing and recording choral music from all time periods. They are especially known for championing contemporary Canadian music and finding little-known works that have now become popular choral gems. Coupled with a tradition of in-house arrangements by the members of musica intima, the music on this CD represents the best and most popular recordings by musica intima over the last 20 years.



Reviews

Don't judge this disc by its cover!
I often gripe about paltry documentation on CDs, and this disc is a grave offender. Since it's a lower-priced sampler, the label has dispensed with a booklet altogether: no texts, no information about the artists or composers. Nothing. If that's a deal-breaker for you, stop here. BUT you'd be missing out on some very fine singing. Musica intima is a Canadian chamber choir of a dozen singers, based in Vancouver, which has been performing (conductor-less) for 20 years. My ears perked right up at the program opener, Pearsall's "Lay a garland," which sounds like a Victorian take on a Gesualdo madrigal, with eight parts doing some nifty harmonic crunching. Other good things follow: drawn from the group's previous albums, selections include the obligatory Scandinavians, a few Canadian works, and some sacred pieces; all are unaccompanied. The folk songs at the end are a trifle formal, but two of the arrangements--"Shenandoah" and "Loch Lomond"--are super.
Submitted on 10/07/12 by Jim D. 
Anniversary celebration evokes musical intimacy
This collection of ballads and songs from Musica Intima marks the 20th anniversary celebration of this Vancouver group. The choir of twelve singers has compiled a “best hits” selection from their previous albums which may provide examples for other choirs and directors. This group is known for unique stage presentation as well as a free kind of singing style, having won competitions and awards for two decades.


This is a modest cover, a cardboard sleeve with red blurred coloring, with “musica intima 20” on the front. On the reverse are listed the tracks, composers, times, and the albums first issued by Musica Intima. It is a current production from Canada. The cover for the CD carries a bare minimum of information, and there is no active website at present.


Music Intima is comprised of singers known for their unique non-conductor approach and a comfortable ease together. However, the staging has awkwardness in some online videos, as the performers seem to be singing to each other rather than to an audience. The songs are lovely, and the parts well-blended. Mr. Erb’s “Shenandoah”, as ever, elicits memories of the Blue Ridge and echoes across the Valley.


The lead soprano voice is too dominant in several selections, though, imposing on the other capable voices. While the high notes are easily found, there is sometimes a piercing quality which detracts from the overall effect. Nevertheless, the quality of training and joy of singing shine through; more sophisticated marketing would enhance the professional “polish” for the group’s anniversary celebration.

Submitted on 10/13/12 by howsweetthesound 
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Works Details

>Pearsall, Robert Lucas : Lay a garland on her hearse
  • Ensemble: Musica Intima
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1840

>Chatman, Stephen : You Have Ravished My Heart
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cabena, Barrie : I waited for the Lord, for choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sisask, Urmas : Confitemini Domino, for chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Garrepy, Seth : O nata lux
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Britten, Benjamin : A Boy Was Born :: Jesu, as thou art our Saviour
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Raminsh, Imant : Ave, verum corpus
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Morlock, Jocelyn : Exaudi, for cello & chorus
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 2003

>Lang, Rupert : Agneau de Dieu, for chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1998

>Healey, Derek E. : Inuit Hunting Song (from "Six Canadian Folk Songs"), for chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Tormis, Veljo : Autumn Landscapes :: Kanabrik
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Tormis, Veljo : Vespian Paths :: Vägisi mehele
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tormis, Veljo : St. John's Day Songs :: Kutse jaanitulele II
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Traditional, French : A la claire fontaine
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, Scottish : Loch Lomond
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Written: by 1841

>Fisher, William Arms : Goin' Home (adapted from Dvorák's Symphony no 9 "From the New World", 2nd movement)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.