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Chiaroscura - Choral works by Joubert, Banks, Strauss & Schnittke / Eric Banks - The Esoterics

Album Summary

>Joubert, John : Sleep Canticle, for chorus, Op. 81
>Joubert, John : Let there be light, for chorus, Op. 56
>Banks, Eric : Elucidation, for chorus
>Strauss, Richard : Deutsche Motette ("Die Schopfung ist zur Ruh gegangen"), for soloists & chorus, Op. 62 (TrV 230)
>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for choir (Concerto for soprano & chorus)
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording is an exploration of light and darkness, good and evil, truth and falsehood, the known and the mysterious - opposite and yet interdependent forces in our lives. The repertoire features two motets by the South African composer John Joubert, Alfred Schnittke's masterful Concerto for chorus a cappella, and Richard Strauss' Deutsche Motette. The Esoterics perform the widely varied works to great effect, building a soundscape that ranges from quietly serene to dramatic and massive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (02/26/2011-02/27/2011).



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Works Details

>Joubert, John : Sleep Canticle, for chorus, Op. 81
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Joubert, John : Let there be light, for chorus, Op. 56
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Banks, Eric : Elucidation, for chorus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Strauss, Richard : Deutsche Motette ("Die Schöpfung ist zur Ruh gegangen"), for soloists & chorus, Op. 62 (TrV 230)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1913

>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for choir (Concerto for soprano & chorus)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1984-1985