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Seeking & Finding - Choral works by Hans Bakker and Howard Richards / Kuhn Choir, Marek Vorlicek

> Sanctus - Sanctus
> Gott - Gott
> Pater Noster I - Pater Noster I
> Canto 33 - Canto 33
> Tres Sententiae (Three Sayings) - No. 1. Et natura parens
> Tres Sententiae (Three Sayings) - No. 2. Sic a Deo est descensus
> Tres Sententiae (Three Sayings) - No. 3. Ubi emin est thesaurus tuus
> Who Goes Amid the Green Wood - Who Goes Amid the Green Wood
> The Noise of the Waters - The Noise of the Waters
> Strings in the Earth and Air - Strings in the Earth and Air
> Sleep Now - Sleep Now
> The Song of the Rain - The Song of the Rain
> The Song of the Flower - The Song of the Flower
> The Song of the Wave - The Song of the Wave

Album Summary

>Bakker, Hans : Sanctus, for chorus
>Bakker, Hans : Gott, for chorus
>Bakker, Hans : Pater Noster no 1, for chorus
>Bakker, Hans : Canto no 33, for chorus
>Bakker, Hans : Tres Sententiae (Three Sayings), for chorus
>Richards, Howard : Who Goes Amid the Green Wood, for chorus
>Richards, Howard : The Noise of Waters, for chorus
>Richards, Howard : Strings in the Earth and Air, for chorus
>Richards, Howard : Sleep Now, for chorus
>Richards, Howard : The Song of the Rain, for chorus
>Richards, Howard : The Song of the Flower, for chorus
>Richards, Howard : The Song of the Wave, for chorus
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Natural beauty, emotion, and enlightenment. These are but a few of the common threads of Seeking & Finding, an album of choral works by 2 composers whose pointed explorations of humanity resonate in perfect pitch. Working with texts from ancient Sanskrit literature and the poetry of Gibran and Joyce, Bakker (b. 1945) and Richards (1927-2010) share an ability to steer the chorus through the sea of human emotion and experience, with unmatched profundity and depth.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Hans Bakker and Howard Richards combine familiar choir idioms with a few unexpected turns to craft an approachable experience that isn't entirely tired and predigested. The Noise of Waters, one of three pieces by Richards with text by James Joyce, has an inflected piano opening that veers into a much harsher tonal language than the sweeping choir's entrance. The Song of The Rain, one of three pieces by Richards using Kahil Gibran texts, is extremely linear. The next note is always the one you most expect and is often no more than a third away. Hans Bakker's pieces derive inspiration, melodically, more from plainchant than Richards's. Pater Noster I splits the choir into distinct sections trading phrases before coming together for a glorious perfect authentic cadence. Canto 33 is darker, but still quite tonal and includes more polyphony. It does include some unexpected intervals and the depth of tonal language they add contributes greatly to how enjoyable the piece is.



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Works Details

>Bakker, Hans : Sanctus, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Ensemble: Kuhn Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Bakker, Hans : Gott, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bakker, Hans : Pater Noster no 1, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bakker, Hans : Canto no 33, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bakker, Hans : Tres Sententiae (Three Sayings), for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Richards, Howard : Who Goes Amid the Green Wood, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Notes: Bohemia Studios, Prague Czech Republic (06/15/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Richards, Howard : The Noise of Waters, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Notes: Bohemia Studios, Prague Czech Republic (06/15/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Richards, Howard : Strings in the Earth and Air, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Notes: Bohemia Studios, Prague Czech Republic (06/15/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Richards, Howard : Sleep Now, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Notes: Bohemia Studios, Prague Czech Republic (06/15/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Richards, Howard : The Song of the Rain, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Notes: Bohemia Studios, Prague Czech Republic (06/15/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Richards, Howard : The Song of the Flower, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Notes: Bohemia Studios, Prague Czech Republic (06/15/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Richards, Howard : The Song of the Wave, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Notes: Bohemia Studios, Prague Czech Republic (06/15/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Conductor: Marek Vorlicek
  • Period Time: Modern