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Gloriae Dei Cantores - Prism / Elizabeth C. Patterson, Et Al


Release Date: 02/06/2006 
Label:  Gloriae Dei Cantores   Catalog #: 3366   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dominick ArgentoGiovanni PalestrinaTraditionalEdmund Rubbra,   ... 
Performer:  James JordanDavid ChalmersKathryn ShannonFrancis Hempel,   ... 
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei CantoresArchangelus Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This aptly titled disc not only displays a colorful array of musical works but the compilation from several of Gloriae Dei Cantores' previous releases shows the choir at its most technically brilliant and musically assured. Highlights among the 19 selections include Palestrina's well-loved motet Super flumina Babylonis, Jean Berger's exquisite The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee, the affecting Agnus Dei from Rheinberger's Mass in E-flat major, and two William Mathias pieces--the Gloria from Missa Brevis and the boldly expressive Victimae paschali, with its ominous mood and often otherworldly harmonies.


Through all of this very challenging music, the choir impresses with firmly sustained balances (even in loud passages) and
Read more sensitive phrasing and dynamic shaping across all sections. Guerrero's Rorate caeli offers a perfect example of this 40-voice choir's exceptional ensemble skills, as does Rachmaninov's deeply moving (but so often mangled) Bogoroditse Devo--both of which are a tribute to conductor Elizabeth Patterson's conceptual grasp of the music's details and her admirable ability to communicate with and inspire excellence from her singers. Although all is not perfect here--sopranos have some moments of ever-so-slack intonation, soloists don't always project the confidence we would like, and the sound, taken from recordings made at three different venues over a 10-year period, varies somewhat in depth and detail--this nevertheless is a disc that choral fans will treasure. The liner notes are uniquely interesting, with much of the commentary written by members of the choir sharing their personal reflections on the music.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Let All the World in Every Corner Sing by Dominick Argento
Performer:  James Jordan (Organ), David Chalmers (Organ)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores,  Archangelus Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Super flumina Babylonis by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Hark, I hear the harp eternal by Traditional
Performer:  Kathryn Shannon (Soprano), Francis Hempel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
4.
Tenebrae Motets (9), Op. 72: Nocturne no 1 by Edmund Rubbra
Performer:  Chris Helfrich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1961; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Only a fragment of this work is performed here. 
5.
I will set his dominion in the sea by Bruce Neswick
Performer:  James Jordan (Organ), David Chalmers (Organ), Chris Helfrich (Soprano),
Amanda Dawn Ortolani (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
The eyes of all wait upon thee by Jean Berger
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Missa brevis, Op. 64: Gloria by William Mathias
Performer:  James Jordan (Organ), David Chalmers (Organ)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; Wales, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Mass in E flat major, Op. 109 "Cantus Missae": Agnus Dei by Joseph Rheinberger
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Psalms (2) of Woe and Joy: Hodu by Robert Starer
Performer:  David Chalmers (Piano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
10.
Heilig, heilig ist Gott, der Herr Zebaoth by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Rex gloriae, Op. 83: Victimae paschali by William Mathias
Performer:  Kathy Schuman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Wales, UK 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Vespers, Op. 37: no 3, Blessed is the man by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
13.
How firm a foundation by Traditional
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
14.
My Shepherd will Supply my Need by Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Choral Pieces (3) on "Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich": Holy Love by Gyorgy Sviridov
Performer:  Chris Helfrich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USSR 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
16.
Motets (2), Op. 29: no 1, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1860; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
17.
Old American Songs, Set 2: Ching-a-ring Chaw by Aaron Copland
Performer:  James Jordan (Piano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Irving Fine 
18.
Eternal Light by Leo Sowerby
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Canite tuba in Sion by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1570; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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