A Wintry Mix of Choral Music

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Rainbow in the Snow (flickr)

This week Kent Tritle brings new meaning to the expression, “wintry mix.” His mix includes five centuries of works celebrating snow, ice and wind. We hear the sound of falling snowflakes, the otherworldliness of a moonlit night and the icy bluster of a winter squall.

Winter has captured the imaginations of many composers including Francis Poulenc, Morten Lauridsen and Randall Thompson. The treasury of choral music that pays tribute to winter captures the tension between the beauty of the scenery and the cold and darkness we associate with this time of year.

 

Playlist

Caspar Othmayr: The Evenfall ‘tis Snowing

Taylor Festival Choir

Robert Taylor, Conductor

Album Name: Sing We Now of Christmas – A Celtic Festival

MSR 1292

 

Antony Le Fleming: Nocturnes: A Winter’s Night

Oxford Pro Musica Singers; St Cecilia Players

Michael Smedley, Conductor

Album Name: Some Shadows of Eternity: Choral Music By Antony Le Fleming

Meridian Records 84360 

 

Herbert Howells: Walking in the Snow

Rodolfus Choir

Ralph Allwood. Conductor

Album Name: Choral Music by Herbert Howells

Signum UK 190 

 

Francis Poulenc: Un Soir de Neige:

De grandes cuillers de neige

La Bonne neige le ciel noir

Bois meurtri

La nuit le froid la solitude

Tenebrae

Nigel Short, Conductor

Album Name: Figure Humaine

Signum UK 197 

 

Morten Lauridsen: Mid-Winter Songs

I: Lament for Pasiphaë

II: Like Snow

III: She tells her love while half asleep

IV: Mid-Winter Waking

V: Intercession in late October

The Singers “Minnesota Choral Artists”

Matthew Culloton, Conductor

Steven Swanson, Piano

Album Name: Lauridsen: Mid-Winter Songs

2010 The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists

 

Raymond Murray Schafer: Snowforms, for chorus

Elektra Women’s Choir

Morna Edmundson

Album Name: Elektra Women’s Choir

Skylark 5637293877 

 

John Muehleisen: Snow (The King's Trumpeter), for chorus and trumpet

The Richard Zielinski Singers, Richard Zielinski

Album Name: American Voices

Richard Zielinski Singers 5637532349

 

Randall Thompson: Frostiana: No 6, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Dallas Wind Symphony; Turtle Creek Chorale

Dr. Timothy Seelig, Conductor

Album Name: Testament

Reference Recordings 49

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