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Songs Of War And Peace / Diane Loomer, Chor Leoni


Release Date: 07/01/2008 
Label:  Skylark Digital   Catalog #: 0801   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Douglas GuestCharles IvesSamuel BarberMecham,,   ... 
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is difficult to recall a year in which all of Europe was able to go to bed without the fear of war or local fighting. Ever the so-called Pax Romana (Roman Peace, from the time of Christ until the end of the second century A.D.) faced the continual threat of skirmishing. Centuries later, medieval monks chanted their evening prayer before retiring to bed: O Lord, save us from the dreaded Viking! Later still, knights fought for a living, hoping to gain instant fame and wealth when capturing others for ransom. If wars were not immediately available to the locals, deadly tournaments were held. Fighting became so pervasive that the medieval church forbade knights to fight each other during Lent, Advent, and harvest time. Even though warfare Read more has now become increasingly mechanized, history shows that modern technology has no monopoly on either cruelty or efficient killing. Year after year witnessed families suffering losses of beloved ones for reasons they scarcely comprehend. Some artists have been swept up by the swell of nationalism and idealism, and have glorified the incredible bravery of individual soldiers or the nationalistic spirit of the troops. Still others have written music simply to encourage troops and those praying for their safety. Although usually less visible during the heat of war, some artists has also spoken out against the glorification of warfare, and insisted on drawing relentless attention instead to the unbelievable wastage of unromanticized war. Several so-called 'world wars' have affected us so profoundly that we annually pause as a nation to commemorate those who died fighting in this century on both sides of the engulfing conflicts. We also pause to remember silently the countless civilians - the old, the women, and the children - who paid dearly for being born in the wrong place at the wrong time. Those who think seriously on these matters also pause to give thanks that we live in a land enveloped by that most rare world commodity, peace. Chor Leoni is perhaps a small mirror of Canada itself, for it includes men whose relatives have served in the military, as well as men whose relatives were conscientious objectors to war and performed alternate service; men whose ancestors fought when require, and men whose ancestors were required to flee the arenas of fighting. Side by side, we sing together of both war and peace, whether our friends now in Canada were once drafted to support the Allied cause, or to support Germany or Japan; whether they fought in Vietnam or instead came to Canada. And though we are called a 'Choir of Lions' and sing of a least one 'lion' (Ferdinand of Spain), we also sing of the olive tree, of love, of those who have fallen or those fearing death, and of those praying and working for peace. - J.Evan Kreider This item was formerly available on the Skylark label (SKY9501), which has now been discontinued. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
For the Fallen by Douglas Guest
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; England 
2.
In Flanders Fields by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
3.
A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
4.
Blow ye the trumpet by Mecham,
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
5.
Parti de mal by Anonymous
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1189 
Language: French 
6.
Il Brivido by Marco Enrico Bossi
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
7.
Faust: Déposons les armes [Soldiers' Chorus] by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
8.
Varjele, Jumala, Soasta by Veljo Tormis
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
9.
Una sañosa porfia by Juan del Encina
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1492; Italy 
10.
Danny Deever by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903/1922; England 
Language: English 
11.
An Irish airman foresees his death by Byron Adams
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
12.
Partsongs (9), Op. 18: no 6, The song of my heart by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1907; Finland 
13.
And the band played "Waltzing Matilda" by Eric Bogle
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
14.
We shall walk through the valley in peace by Traditional
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Language: English 
15.
Lili Marlene by Hans Leip
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Germany 
16.
Scots, wha' ha'e wi' Wallace Bled by Traditional
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: Romantic 
Written: Scotland 
17.
It's a long way to Tipperary by Jack Judge
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; USA 
18.
The White Cliffs of Dover by Walter Kent
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
19.
Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag by Felix Powell
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USA 
20.
We'll Meet Again by Hughie Charles
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
21.
Faust: Gloire immortelle [Soldiers' Chorus] by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
22.
The Minstrel Boy by Traditional
Conductor:  Diane Loomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
Written: Ireland 

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 Fine Choir February 22, 2014 By Christopher M. (Marion, OH) See All My Reviews "As the owner of several of their discs, I can say with some confidence that Chor Leoni is more than just manly men singing manly songs. The tone is controlled and refined and the repertoire varied." Report Abuse
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