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Sacred Choral Music of Frank La Rocca "In This Place" / Audrey Andrist, piano; Artists Vocal Ens.

Album Summary

>Larocca, Frank : O Magnum Mysterium, for chorus
>Larocca, Frank : Expectavi Dominum, for chorus
>Larocca, Frank : Meditation, for chorus
>Larocca, Frank : Miserere, for chorus
>Larocca, Frank : In This Place, for violin & piano
>Larocca, Frank : O Sacrum Convivium, for chorus
>Larocca, Frank : Veni Sancte Spiritus, for voice & ensemble
>Larocca, Frank : Credo, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Professor Emeritus at California State University and artistic director of Composers, Inc., composer Frank La Rocca's music has been described as possessing a "luminous beauty." His catalog includes works in nearly all genres, with a special emphasis on a cappella sacred choral works and this recording offers some of his best known music from that genre.

Expedition Audio Recommended
The composer underscores the meaning of the sung texts with strong dissonances. Sometimes these resolve in the space of a few seconds but often they are suspended for much longer periods, layered over completely different musical ideas. It's an effective expressive technique which makes for a striking resolution of the meaning of the words and the harmony... ... read more ...

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Another exciting and worthwhile new choral music discovery. Most of these pieces are rather slow and solemn, with pervasive and intensely spiritual senses. He knows how to punctuate his ideas effectively. The net impressions are of luminous sacred introspection, transcendental effect, and breathtaking beauty. The artists here are uniformly excellent, including the Artists Vocal Ensemble (also called AVE): a supremely skilled, richly sonorous, and spiritually affecting choir that pleads La Rocca's case most beautifully.



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Works Details

>Larocca, Frank : O Magnum Mysterium, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jonathan Dimmock
  • Ensemble: Artists Vocal Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Larocca, Frank : Expectavi Dominum, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jonathan Dimmock
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.

>Larocca, Frank : Meditation, for chorus
  • Performer: Audrey Andrist (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.

>Larocca, Frank : Miserere, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jonathan Dimmock
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.

>Larocca, Frank : In This Place, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Nathan Williams (Clarinet); Audrey Andrist (Piano); James Stern (Violin)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.

>Larocca, Frank : O Sacrum Convivium, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jonathan Dimmock
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.

>Larocca, Frank : Veni Sancte Spiritus, for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: Diane Maltester (Clarinet); Christine Brandes (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.

>Larocca, Frank : Credo, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jonathan Dimmock
  • Running Time: 12 min. 14 sec.
  • Form: Choral