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Voices of Ascension
Hear My Prayer

Song NameComposer
And I Saw a New HeavenEdgar L. Bainton
Alleluia Randall Thompson
Laudate Dominum Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Tota Pulchra Pablo Casals
Nigra SumPablo Casals
Hear My Prayer Felix Mendelssohn
I was glad when they said unto me Charles Hubert Parry
Tu es Petrus Maurice Durufle
Panis angelicus Cesar Franck
Like as the HartHerbert Howells
Blagoslovi dushe moya, Ghospoda (Bless the Lord, O My Soul) Nikolai Tolstiakov
Blazheni, yazhe izbral (How blessed are they)Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky
Pieta, Signore
Beati quorum via Charles Villiers Stanford
Happy and blessed are theyFelix Mendelssohn

Directed by Dennis Keene

Voices of Ascension evolved from a 1989 concert series of Church of the Ascension in NYC, when Dennis Keene directed the Ascension choir in a major music festival, "Tribute to Durufle," a retrospective of the French composer that drew international attention. The following year the group incorporated separately from the church as Voices of Ascension. The number of singers in the professional ensemble varies from 20 to 40, among the finest and most skilled ensemble singers and soloists in the country. Metropolitan Opera star Hei-Kyung Hong blesses the VOA with a lyric soprano voice of uncommon beauty and warmth. 15 selections; right from the beginning Randall Thompson's soaring a cappella "Alleluia" and Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" show off the amazing soprano voice of Hei-Kyung Hong. Two by Pablo Casals, "Tota Pulchra" and "Nigra Sum," Felix Mendelsson's "Hear My Prayer" and Durufle's "Tu es Petrus" make it abundantly clear that we are in the presence of greatness. Nicolai Tolstiakov's "Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda (Bless the Lord, O My Soul)," Tchaikovsky's "Bazheni, yazhe izbral (How blessed are they)," Charles Villiers Stanford's "Beati quorum via" and the final cut, Mendelssohn's "Happy and blessed are they" leave us in stunned silence after listening to the angels. Some organ accompaniment. Amazing!

Item code: 7558C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Choral | Some a cappella | Mixed | United States