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American Classics - American Choral Music

Album Summary

>Persichetti, Vincent : Flower Songs (Cantata no 6), for mixed chorus & string orchestra , Op. 157
>Ives, Charles : Psalm 90 "Lord, thou hast been"
>Corigliano, John : Fern Hill, for mezzo-soprano, chorus & orchestra
>Foss, Lukas : Behold, I Build an House for chorus & 2 pianos (or organ)
>Copland, Aaron : In the Beginning
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"The fine Copland performance concludes an excellent disc. The choir is consistently splendid. It's evident that James Morrow has trained them very well indeed. Balance, tuning and intonation are all exemplary and, as far as I could judge without access to scores, their rhythmic security is also spot-on. Though the singers are, presumably, fairly young and have a nice fresh tone there's also a fullness and depth to the tone that you don't always get with student choirs. The recorded sound is excellent and the liner notes are very useful. The absence of texts is a pity but it doesn't dim my enthusiasm for this very stimulating collection of fine performances of mainly unfamiliar repertoire." -MusicWeb (Bargain of the Month)



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>Persichetti, Vincent : Flower Songs (Cantata no 6), for mixed chorus & string orchestra , Op. 157
  • Performers: Ames Asbell (Viola); Bruce Colson (Violin); Margaret Coltman-Smith (Cello); David Dawson (Double Bass); Wallace Depue (Violin); Jessica Gilliam-Valls (Double Bass); Lana Harris (Viola); Michalis Koutsoupides (Violin); Tammy Linn (Violin); Liegh Mahoney (Violin); Sara Nelson (Cello); Betsy Sanders (Cello); Tracy Seeger (Violin); Laurie Stevens (Violin); Will Taylor (Viola); Stephanie Teply (Violin)
  • Conductor: James Morrow
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Bates Recital Hall in the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin (01/21/2006/01/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Ives, Charles : Psalm 90 "Lord, thou hast been"
  • Performers: Thad Anderson (Bells); Seung Cho (Organ); Darlene Cluff; Graeme Francis (Bells); Stephen Martin (Bells); Jeff Otto (Bells); John Wiles
  • Conductor: James Morrow
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Chamber Singers
  • Notes: Bates Recital Hall in the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin (01/21/2006/01/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1894

>Corigliano, John : Fern Hill, for mezzo-soprano, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Ames Asbell (Viola); Elaine Barber (Harp); Bruce Colson (Violin); Margaret Coltman-Smith (Cello); David Dawson (Double Bass); Wallace Depue (Violin); Marianne Gedigian (Flute); Jessica Gilliam-Valls (Double Bass); Lana Harris (Viola); Rebecca Henderson (Oboe); Phillip Hill; Patrick Hughes (Horn); Michalis Koutsoupides (Violin); Tammy Linn (Violin); Richard MacDowell (Clarinet); Liegh Mahoney (Violin); Susanne Mentzer (Mezzo Soprano); Sara Nelson (Cello); Megan Pachecano; Lisa Roane; Betsy Sanders (Cello); Tracy Seeger (Violin); Laurie Stevens (Violin); Will Taylor (Viola); Stephanie Teply (Violin); Ben Westney (Cello); John Wiles
  • Conductor: James Morrow
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Chamber Singers
  • Notes: Bates Recital Hall in the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin (01/21/2006/01/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1960-1961

>Foss, Lukas : Behold, I Build an House for chorus & 2 pianos (or organ)
  • Performer: Seung Cho (Organ)
  • Conductor: James Morrow
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Bates Recital Hall in the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin (01/21/2006/01/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Copland, Aaron : In the Beginning
  • Performer: Susanne Mentzer (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: James Morrow
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Bates Recital Hall in the School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin (01/21/2006/01/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947