Choral Sounds from NYC Composers

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

New York City is a place that's ripe with raw artistic energy. This week on the Mix, we explore the variety of styles and sounds from the city's composers, ranging from Ned Rorem and David Lang to Nico Muhly and Philip Glass.

Now one of today's most in-demand composers, the Columbia- and Juilliard-trained Muhly now makes New York's Chinatown. We play the Kyrie and Gloria from his Bright Mass of Canons, sung by the St Thomas Choir Fifth Avenue under the direction of John Scott. Muhly has a particular interest in the music of Renaissance English composers, a fact that comes through in this piece.

Theatre of Voices/Ars Nova Copenhagen, led Paul Hillier, perform Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang's ethereal piece called Again. It echoes the repetitions of the life cycle.

Also: a new recording of Samuel Barber's Reincarnations sung by Craig Hella Johnson’s ensemble Conspirare. Plus: Philip Glass's Evil and Ignorance: XII and Ned Rorem’s beautiful Sing My Soul.

A New Feature on The Choral Mix

Each week we'll feature a choral story that highlights the choral backdrop of New York City. This week we hear from Cynthia Powell, the artistic director of the nation's first LGBT chorus, The Stonewall Chorale. Powell shares insight into the history of her legendary ensemble which formed in 1977. This year is their 36th season.

Playlist:

Muhly: American Voices

St Thomas Choir, John Scott
Kyrie 4.08
Gloria 4.15

Lang: the little match girl passion

Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier
Again 5.36

Barber: Barber An American Romantic

Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson
Reincarnations  10.56

Glass: Symphony No 5

Vienna Symphony Radio Orchestra, Morgan State University Choir, Dennis Russel Davies
VI. Evil and Ignorance 5:55

XII. 10.03

Rorem: American Voices

St Thomas Choir, John Scott
Sing my soul 2.17

Comments [2]

Carole from Brooklyn, NY

You mentioned that you will have music itself as the theme of next week's program. Would it be possible for you to include the meltingly gorgeous piece from Handel's "SOLOMON," "Music, Spread Thy Voice Around?" & "If Music Be the Food of Love?" by, I think, Purcell? Those two came immediately to mind and I think would be at least tangentially, if not directly, appropriate. Thank you.

Oct. 15 2012 05:25 PM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan/NYC (the city that never sleeps)

The ineffable St. Thomas Choir -- a New York City treasure. I love the high notes on the organ interspersed with the boys' voices in the first piece. I start my Sunday spiritually and musically refreshed.

Oct. 14 2012 07:10 AM

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