New York has emerged as an important center for choral singing, performance, composition and innovation. This week Kent Tritle takes you on a guided tour of the city’s indigenous choruses. From long standing professional groups, to amateur choirs to ambitious young pros, join Kent as he highlights just a few of the Big Apple's finest choirs.
Starting in downtown Manhattan: Voices of Ascension under Dennis Keene is setting new standards in live performance as well as quality recordings.
Further uptown: The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, directed by Nikolai Kachanov who came to New York from Moscow in the 1980's. Maestro Kachanov initiated a whole tradition of Russian choral music in New York. To hear finer choral singing in Russian, you’ll need a passport!
And further uptown: the Manhattan School of Music has a stunning chorus, which we hear this week performing the great Brahms German Requiem, under the direction of Maestro Tritle.
Think Europe is the last word on choral music? Think again!
On an Upcoming Choral Mix: American vs. British Choirs - Which are better?
Listeners: In its January issue, Gramophone magazine ranked the world's best ensembles, and it found America lacking. Not a single U.S. group made the list. Indeed, the list was overwhelmingly dominated by British ensembles. Which leads us to wonder: Are English choirs really that much better? If so, what's lacking in America? We'll tackle this issue on our Jan. 30 episode. In the meantime, tell us what you think here.