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Metamorphosis - Higdon, Clearfield, Primosch / Mendelssohn Club Of Philadelphia

Higdon / Clearfield / Harler
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Innova   Catalog #: 806  
Composer:  Jennifer HigdonAndrea ClearfieldJames Primosch
Performer:  Sanford Sylvan
Conductor:  Alan Harler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn Club Chorus PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Three original works by contemporary American composers, Andrea Clearfield, Jennifer Higdon and James Primosch, all based in Philadelphia, are featured on the new CD recording of performances by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. All three works were commissioned by Mendelssohn Club and premiered in concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia over the past five years.

Under the dynamic leadership of artistic director Alan Harler, Mendelssohn Club has demonstrated a major commitment to new music, commissioning nearly fifty choral works over the past two decades. METAMORPHOSIS is the first recording of all original commissions in the 138-year history of the chorus.
Three original works by contemporary American composers, Andrea Clearfield, Jennifer Higdon and James Primosch, all based in Philadelphia, are featured on the new CD recording of performances by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. All three works were commissioned by Mendelssohn Club and premiered in concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia over the past five years.

Under the dynamic leadership of artistic director Alan Harler, Mendelssohn Club has demonstrated a major commitment to new music, commissioning nearly fifty choral works over the past two decades. METAMORPHOSIS is the first recording of all original commissions in the 138-year history of the chorus.
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Works on This Recording

1.
On the Death of the Righteous by Jennifer Higdon
Conductor:  Alan Harler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn Club Chorus Philadelphia,  Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 
2.
The Golem Psalms by Andrea Clearfield
Performer:  Sanford Sylvan (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alan Harler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn Club Chorus Philadelphia,  Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 
3.
Fire Memory/River Memory by James Primosch
Conductor:  Alan Harler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn Club Chorus Philadelphia,  Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 

Sound Samples

On the Death of the Righteous
The Golem Psalms: Prologue - I. The Creation of the Golem
The Golem Psalms: II. Abracadabra
The Golem Psalms: III. The Dangers of the Name
The Golem Psalms: IV. The Fountain of Voices
The Golem Psalms: V. Amok
The Golem Psalms: VI. Sounds of Clay / Alas Poor Joseph
The Golem Psalms: VII. The Uncreation of the Golem
Fire-Memory/River-Memory: What Were They Like?
Fire-Memory/River-Memory: Of Rivers

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