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Oxford New College Choir
Copland and His American Contemporaries

Song NameComposer
The Song of DeborahAdolphus Hailstork
In the BeginningAaron Copland
I Will Sing and Raise a PsalmLibby Larsen
O magnum mysteriumMorten Lauridsen
O Deus, ego amo teNed Rorem
Oratio patris condren: O Jesu Vivens in MariaNed Rorem
Thee, God...Ned Rorem
Psalm 67Charles Ives
The Dove DescendingIgor Stravinsky
MassIgor Stravinsky
Steal Away (from A Child of Our Time)Michael Tippett

Directed by Edward Higginbottom

This recording of North American music of the last fifty or so years includes music by a Russian, Igor Stravinsky. His origins notwithstanding, he is one of the 'grand old men' of twentieth-century American music, having become an American citizen in the early 1940s, shortly before writing his Mass for choir and double wind quintet. The recording ends with a spiritual, arranged by one of Britain's most eminent twentieth-century composers - a sort of compliment to the American tradition from the other side of the pond. The rest of the music speaks for itself, with an inimitable American accent from beginning to end. "Copland's In the beginning is a stern test for any choir in a live performance...This recording is an amazing tour de force-intonation spot-on, effortless high As from the boys and finally a B flat, all superbly delivered. This CD is well worth having for this refreshingly affirmative evocation of the Creation alone." Gramophone Magazine

Item code: 8762C | 1 CD | $16.95 add item to cart
Choral | Male | England

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