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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: Tracy Seeger (Violin); Will Taylor (Viola); Ames Asbell (Viola); Bruce Colson (Violin); David Dawson (Double Bass); Margaret Coltman-Smith (Cello); Jessica Gilliam-Valls (Double Bass); Tammy Linn (Violin); Liegh Mahoney (Violin); Wallace Depue (Violin); Lana Harris (Viola); Stephanie Teply (Violin); Laurie Stevens (Violin); Michalis Koutsoupides (Violin); Sara Nelson (Cello); Betsy Sanders (Cello)
  • 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: Stephen Martin (Bells); John Wiles; Seung Cho (Organ); Darlene Cluff; Jeff Otto (Bells); Graeme Francis (Bells); Thad Anderson (Bells)
  • 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: Lisa Roane; Stephanie Teply (Violin); Marianne Gedigian (Flute); Betsy Sanders (Cello); Richard MacDowell (Clarinet); Margaret Coltman-Smith (Cello); Phillip Hill; Patrick Hughes (Horn); Susanne Mentzer (Mezzo Soprano); Will Taylor (Viola); Bruce Colson (Violin); David Dawson (Double Bass); Ames Asbell (Viola); Elaine Barber (Harp); Wallace Depue (Violin); Tammy Linn (Violin); Liegh Mahoney (Violin); Megan Pachecano; John Wiles; Ben Westney (Cello); Lana Harris (Viola); Jessica Gilliam-Valls (Double Bass); Sara Nelson (Cello); Rebecca Henderson (Oboe); Laurie Stevens (Violin); Michalis Koutsoupides (Violin); Tracy Seeger (Violin)
  • 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