Elena Ruehr: Averno / Marguerite Krull, Stephen Salters Trinity Choir - Julian Wachner

Album Summary

>Ruehr, Elena : Averno, for 2 voices, chorus, oboe, harp, timpani & string orchestra
>Ruehr, Elena : Cricket, Spider, Bee, for chorus, harp, timpani, percussion & orchestra
>Ruehr, Elena : Gospel Cha-Cha, for voice, chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer Elena Ruehr's first release for Avie assembles vocal and choral works inspired by three distinct American poets: Louise Glück, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes. The title work, "Averno," is a cantata that sets 11 poems of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glück collection of the same name. The miniatures "Cricket, Spider, Bee" paint a vivid, aural picture of Dickinson's scenic natural world. The large scale "Gospel Cha Cha" sets Langston Hughes' socially critical late poetry, evoking African dances, drumming, and the Harlem Renaissance of the 1960s with improvisatory flair.

New York Times
Sumptuously scored and full of soaring melodies.

Gramophone
Unspeakably gorgeous.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Julian Wachner's choir and orchestra, both in residence in Southern Manhattan, are terrific; and Avie offers a sumptuous sound-stage to celebrate the composer's debut on their label. I'm evaluating this from Avie's starter kit, not from their finished product. My guess, though, is that texts and these same informative notes will be yours if you decide to spring for this unique and enjoyable program.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Trinity Church, Wall Street; Skywalker Sound scoring st (05/2011/07/2011).



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Works Details

>Ruehr, Elena : Averno, for 2 voices, chorus, oboe, harp, timpani & string orchestra
  • Performers: Stephen Salters (Baritone); Marguerite Krull (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Julian Wachner
  • Ensemble: Novus NY
  • Notes: Trinity Church, Wall Street (05/2011); Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage (05/2011); Trinity Church, Wall Street (07/2011); Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage (07/2011)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Ruehr, Elena : Cricket, Spider, Bee, for chorus, harp, timpani, percussion & orchestra
  • Performers: Marguerite Krull (Soprano); Stephen Salters (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Julian Wachner
  • Ensemble: Novus NY
  • Notes: Trinity Church, Wall Street (05/2011); Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage (05/2011); Trinity Church, Wall Street (07/2011); Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage (07/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Ruehr, Elena : Gospel Cha-Cha, for voice, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Stephen Salters (Baritone); Marguerite Krull (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Julian Wachner
  • Ensemble: Novus NY
  • Notes: Trinity Church, Wall Street (05/2011); Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage (05/2011); Trinity Church, Wall Street (07/2011); Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage (07/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000