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An American Voice - Music Of Robert Nelson / Krager, Et Al


Release Date: 05/30/2000 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 381   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Nelson
Performer:  Paulette Labbé-BeltrŕnOmari WilliamsLuis RamirezDébria Brown,   ... 
Conductor:  Franz Anton KragerCharles Hausmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moores School of Music Symphony OrchestraMoores School of Music Concert Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music of Robert Nelson is a well-versed language of neo-expressionism. Composing frequently for the theatre, Nelson writes music that transcends the usual strict compositional "isms" of the classical world, incorporating many textural, contemporary effects that explore his love for the voice and its ability to dramatize music to the fullest. Resembling an emotionally cinematic score, Symphonic Scenes from "A Room with a View" is a sure example of an operatic mix of romance and comedy. A reduced concert version of the original, it stands on its own merit as a successful work that presents the singers and orchestra with great magnitude.
Continuing in the tradition of the art song, Nelson's Two Spirituals for Soprano and Orchestra
Read more often draw from themes from the Old Testament. These spirituals, sung by mezzo-soprano Débria Brown, embrace that sense of longing which moves us all. "A Nyw Werke is Come on Honde" is a cantata that uses medieval and early Renaissance poems to reflect the Advent and the birth of Jesus. Loosely structured, its performance is commendable, resembling that of so many modern choral works dedicated to the celebration of the holiday season. An admirable effort by many orchestral musicians and vocal soloists, AN AMERICAN VOICE truly represents the American spirit. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonic Scenes from "A Room with a View" by Robert Nelson
Performer:  Paulette Labbé-Beltrŕn (Soprano), Omari Williams (Baritone), Luis Ramirez (Tenor),
Débria Brown (Mezzo Soprano), Joseph Evans (Tenor), Justin White (Baritone),
Richard Paul Fink (Bass Baritone), Elizabeth Wiles (Soprano), Claudia Waite (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Anton Krager
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993/1998; USA 
Length: 50 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Spirituals (2) for Soprano and Orchestra by Robert Nelson
Performer:  Débria Brown (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Anton Krager
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3.
Christmas Cantata "A Nyw Werke is Come on Honde" by Robert Nelson
Performer:  Ann Frohbieter (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Hausmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra,  Moores School of Music Concert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Length: 16 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Sound Samples

A Room With A View: Symphonic Scenes: Act I Scene 1: On the street and inside the church of Santa Croce: This is the real Italia.
A Room With A View: Symphonic Scenes: Act I Scene 2: On a carriage ride to view the Italian countryside: Driver, driver! Chi e la donna?
A Room With A View: Symphonic Scenes: Act I Scene 3: Lucy's room at the Pension Bertolini in Florence: So what is to be done?
A Room With A View: Symphonic Scenes: Act II Scene 4: The garden terrace at the Honeychurch home: I say, listen to this, Lucy
A Room With A View: Symphonic Scenes: Act II Scene 5: The drawing room of the Honeychurch home: I can't have it, Mr. Emerson.
A Room With A View: Symphonic Scenes: Act II Scene 6: In the carriage and in Mr. Beebe's study: Perhaps you would like to stay away from your home altogether?
A Room With A View: Symphonic Scenes: Act II Scene 7: Lucy's room in the Pension Bertolini in Florence: This must be my old room.
2 Spirituals: No. 1. A City Called Heaven
2 Spirituals: No. 2. My Soul's Been Anchored
Christmas Cantata: A Nyw Weke is Come on Honde: A Nyw Weke is Come on Honde
Christmas Cantata: A Nyw Weke is Come on Honde: Recitative
Christmas Cantata: A Nyw Weke is Come on Honde: No La Devemos Dormir
Christmas Cantata: A Nyw Weke is Come on Honde: Recitative
Christmas Cantata: A Nyw Weke is Come on Honde: Sweet was the Song
Christmas Cantata: A Nyw Weke is Come on Honde: Recitative
Christmas Cantata: A Nyw Weke is Come on Honde: An Hymne
Christmas Cantata: A Nyw Weke is Come on Honde: Gloria Tibi Domine

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