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Ramsay: The Sacred Voice

Ramsay / Christensen
Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1304  
Composer:  Graham Gordon Ramsay
Performer:  Marc DemilleMary GerbiYulia Van DorenZachary Wilder,   ... 
Conductor:  Heinrich Christensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the compositions here, composer Graham Gordon Ramsay aims to rethink a variety of familiar sacred texts in a fresh way. His music not only challenges but also welcomes the listeners, stimulating as well as being provocative and engaging. Born in California in 1962, Ramsay received musical training at the Tanglewood Institute, Boston University and the Fontainebleau School in France. This recording represents a two-year collaboration between the composer and conductor/organist Heinrich Christensen. Christensen has been a longtime advocate of Ramsay’s music and has premiered several of the pieces on this recording. Known for his modern yet tuneful style, Ramsay writes predominantly for solo voice, chorus, solo instruments and chamber Read more ensembles. His music has been performed in settings ranging from the Chapel at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark to the Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan, Italy. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ave Maria by Graham Gordon Ramsay
Performer:  Marc Demille (Bass), Mary Gerbi (Alto), Yulia Van Doren (Soprano),
Zachary Wilder (Tenor)
Conductor:  Heinrich Christensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus
2.
Missa Sancti Stephani by Graham Gordon Ramsay
Performer:  Marc Demille (Bass), Mary Gerbi (Alto), Yulia Van Doren (Soprano),
Zachary Wilder (Tenor)
Conductor:  Heinrich Christensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus
3.
Obedience by Graham Gordon Ramsay
Performer:  Heinrich Christensen (Organ), Kristi Vrooman (Soprano), David Kravitz (Bass)
Conductor:  Heinrich Christensen
4.
If You Love Me by Graham Gordon Ramsay
Performer:  Marc Demille (Bass), Mary Gerbi (Alto), Zachary Wilder (Tenor),
Monica Hatch (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heinrich Christensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus
5.
De Profundis by Graham Gordon Ramsay
Performer:  Yulia Van Doren (Soprano), Mary Gerbi (Alto), Marc Demille (Bass),
Zachary Wilder (Tenor)
Conductor:  Heinrich Christensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus
6.
Three Psalms by Graham Gordon Ramsay
Performer:  Steven Soph (Tenor), Lori Everson (Violin), Mary Gerbi (Alto)
Conductor:  Heinrich Christensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus
7.
Laudate Dominum by Graham Gordon Ramsay
Performer:  Marc Demille (Bass), Mary Gerbi (Alto), Yulia Van Doren (Soprano),
Zachary Wilder (Tenor)
Conductor:  Heinrich Christensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus

Sound Samples

Ave Maria
Missa Sancti Stephani: Kyrie
Missa Sancti Stephani: Gloria
Missa Sancti Stephani: Sanctus
Missa Sancti Stephani: Agnus Dei
Obedience: Prologue: The sacrifices of God
Obedience: Recitative: I am the Lord, your God
Obedience: Aria: Your statutes are my songs
Obedience: Recitative: Let your heart hold fast my words
Obedience: Aria: The woman Folly is boisterous
Obedience: Recitative: My commandment is not too difficult
Obedience: Aria: Have mercy on me
Obedience: Epilogue: The sacrifices of God
If You Love Me
De Profundis
3 Psalms: No. 1. Psalm 121, "I will lift up my eyes"
3 Psalms: No. 2. Psalm 67, "God be merciful onto us"
3 Psalms: No. 3. Psalm 23, "The Lord is my shepherd"
Laudate Dominum

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