Extreme Simplicity and Extreme Complexity

The Final Episode of Obsessive Choral with Nico Muhly

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today, Benjamin Britten and other 20th Century luminaries. Is there anything better than his Te Deum in C? If you can make it through "...whom that hast redeemed with thy precious blood" without losing your mind, you are more dignified than I.

The complicated, Purcellian verse anthem-cum-cantata Rejoice in the Lamb has the best dotted rhythm in the Alleluia. Then, two miniatures: a Ralph Vaughan Williams coronation nibblet, an Elizabeth Poston gesture, some complexity from Michael Tippett, a long scale from Pärt, who contributes a severe bass drum and tam-tam, and finally, Britten's iconic, gorgeous, untouchably beautiful Hymn to the Virgin.

If I could bottle my excitement when I was given the semichoir part in this piece at the age of 11, I could sell it all up and down Soho.

Hosted by:

Nico Muhly

Comments [4]

gary gach from the hall

would enjoy hearing parts 1-3 ...

Jun. 24 2011 10:45 AM
Mary Ellen Harlow from Vermont

How wonderful to have a program dedicated to choral music. Thank you.

Oct. 13 2010 10:56 AM

Ditto, this series rocks. And yep, lost my mind at "whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood."

Sep. 25 2010 07:02 PM

This series of shows simply rocks. And Nico's new CD, "A Good Understanding" gives you a gorgeous insight into what these choral pieces have meant to him as a composer. A superb new release, and a grand ramp-up to it from Muhly and Q2.

Sep. 17 2010 02:31 PM

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