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Beach: Canticle Of The Sun / Capitol Hill Choral Society


Release Date: 07/21/1998 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 295   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Elizabeth McLeanJames ShaffranRichard TurnerSusan Bender,   ... 
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Amy Beach was a member first of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Boston and later of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York. Early in the century, a movement had begun in Oxford to renew in the Anglican church the Catholic traditions of the ancient past. The Church restored the ancient practice of singing the liturgy for the services and designed the rituals of worship to express the awe and mystery of the Christian faith. Choirs proliferated and there was a great demand for new liturgical music and anthems. During the years of Beach's marriage to Dr. Henry Harris Aubrey Beach, her publisher issued 14 separate pieces, including most of the music contained on this wonderful CD. The origin of The Canticle of the Sun is interesting. In Read more 1924, she went to the MacDowell Colony. Here, she came across the text of St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun. In a 1943 interview published in The Etude, she told this story. "I took it up and read it over - and the only way I can describe what happened as that it jumped at me and struck me, most forcibly! As if from dictation, I jotted down the notes of my Canticle. In less than five days the entire work was done." The first performance of the work with Organ accompaniment took place on December 8, 1928 at St. Bartholomew's in New York. The Toledo Choral Society, performing with the Chicago Symphony, gave the premiere of The Canticle with Orchestra on May 13, 1930. "The Canticle of the Sun by Mrs. H.H. A. Beach proved the sensation of the evening. This biblical hymn of praise and jubilation, set in a glorious musical expression of majestic melody... literally brought the audience to its feet in a desire to honor the composer."

REVIEW:

"Amy Beach (1867-1944) was born to write music, began doing so when she was 4 years old and managed to win a substantial national reputation in her twenties, although women at that time were not really supposed to be composers. She composed, in a well-developed, largely self-taught late romantic style, in nearly all the standard classical forms, opera being the primary exception. Her work fell into neglect after her death but has been regaining the attention it deserves in the last quarter-century. The latest recording of her work, "Canticle of the Sun," has just been issued by Albany Records and features the Capitol Hill Choral Society and a fine group of Washington soloists, directed by Betty Buchanan. All of the 16 pieces on the disc are previously unrecorded except for the Te Deum and all are religiously inspired vocal works except her Invocation for the Violin, beautifully played by Teri Lazar. Most of the music is composed in traditional styles appropriate for services in the Episcopal Church, of which she was a member...The performances are skilled and idiomatic throughout." (Washington Post)
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Works on This Recording

1. The Canticle of the Sun, Op. 123 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Elizabeth McLean (Mezzo Soprano), James Shaffran (Bass), Richard Turner (Tenor),
Susan Bender (Soprano)
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1928; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 22 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Invocation for Violin and Piano, Op. 55 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Teri Lazar (Violin), Paul Hardy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3. Choral Responses (3), Op 8: no 2, With prayer and supplication by Amy Marcy Beach
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Service in A major, Op. 63: Te Deum by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Barbara Hollinshead (Alto), Richard Turner (Tenor), Paul Hardy (Organ),
James Shaffran (Bass), Susan McAdams (Soprano)
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 9 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Constant Christmas, Op. 95 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Paul Hardy (Organ), Susan McAdams (Soprano), Barbara Hollinshead (Alto),
Richard Turner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1922; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. On a Hill by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Paul Hardy (Piano), Guadelupe Kreysa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. Communion Responses (6), Op. 122: no 4, Sanctus by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Paul Hardy (Organ), Mary Shaffran (Soprano), Barbara Hollinshead (Alto)
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1928; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. Communion Responses (6), Op. 122: no 5, Agnus Dei by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Paul Hardy (Organ), Mary Shaffran (Soprano), Barbara Hollinshead (Alto)
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1928/1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. Communion Responses (6), Op. 122: no 1, Kyrie by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Mary Shaffran (Soprano), Barbara Hollinshead (Alto)
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1928; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. Sacred Songs (2), Op. 125: no 1, The Spirit of Mercy by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Richard Turner (Tenor), Paul Hardy (Piano)
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. Sacred Songs (2), Op. 125: no 2, Evening Hymn by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Susan McAdams (Soprano), Paul Hardy (Organ), Barbara Hollinshead (Alto)
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Amy Beach (1936) 
12. I will give thanks, Op. 147 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Paul Hardy (Organ), Susan Bender (Soprano)
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1939; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
13. Choral Responses (3), Op. 8: no 3, Peace I leave with you by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Paul Hardy (Organ)
Conductor:  Betty Buchanan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Hill Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Church of the Reformation, Washington DC 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

The Canticle of the Sun, Op. 123
Invocation, Op. 55
3 Choral Responses, Op. 8: No. 2. With prayer and supplication
Service in A major, Op. 63: Te Deum
Constant Christmas, Op. 95
On a hill
Communion Responses, Op. 122: Kyrie eleison
Communion Responses, Op. 122: Sanctus
Communion Responses, Op. 122: Agnus Dei
2 Sacred Songs, Op. 125: No. 1. Spirit of Mercy
Evening Hymn, Op. 125, No. 2 (version for choir)
I will give thanks , Op. 147
3 Choral Responses, Op. 8: No. 3. Peace I leave with you

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