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Choral music of Nancy Wertsch: With Peace in Mind / New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum

Audio Samples

>Wertsch, Nancy : ...With Peace in Mind, for chorus
>Wertsch, Nancy : Hymnus Matutinus, for chorus
>Wertsch, Nancy : Charm Me Asleep, for chorus
>Wertsch, Nancy : Songs of the Spirit, for chorus
>Wertsch, Nancy : A Tennyson Tapestry, for chorus

Album Summary

>Wertsch, Nancy : ...With Peace in Mind, for chorus
>Wertsch, Nancy : Hymnus Matutinus, for chorus
>Wertsch, Nancy : Charm Me Asleep, for chorus
>Wertsch, Nancy : Songs of the Spirit, for chorus
>Wertsch, Nancy : A Tennyson Tapestry, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

American composer Nancy Wertsch has a strong affinity for vocal music that has inspired her to write a large body of choral music, anthems and concert pieces. Her works are widely performed in churches and concert halls and have been heard at music festivals and conventions through the U.S. and Europe. Her most recent work was awarded first place in the International Chamber Choir Competition in Germany.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Wertsch's collection of choral pieces is nice, friendly, and honest work. Her message of peace is earnest but not overstated, as so much vocal music can be. The performances are fine, though the ensemble's intonation can be inconsistent, noticeably in the soprano voices. The choir's blend on the whole is good, but I do wish that there were more singers on some tracks to fill out the sound. The texts are drawn from sources ranging from ancient or traditional prayers all the way to Blake and Tennyson. Despite the soulful content of the words, the music probably comes across much more effectively in concert than on the recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Resurrection, New York, NY (2011-09-20&2011-09-22&2011-).



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Works Details

>Wertsch, Nancy : ...With Peace in Mind, for chorus
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Ensemble: New York Virtuoso Singers
  • Notes: Church of the Resurrection, New York, NY (2011-09-20&2011-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2011

>Wertsch, Nancy : Hymnus Matutinus, for chorus
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Notes: Church of the Resurrection, New York, NY (2011-09-20&2011-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1989

>Wertsch, Nancy : Charm Me Asleep, for chorus
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Notes: Church of the Resurrection, New York, NY (2011-09-20&2011-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Wertsch, Nancy : Songs of the Spirit, for chorus
  • Performer: Suzanne Schwing
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Notes: Church of the Resurrection, New York, NY (2011-09-20&2011-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Wertsch, Nancy : A Tennyson Tapestry, for chorus
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Notes: Church of the Resurrection, New York, NY (2011-09-20&2011-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2000