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Consiglio: The Song Of Luke / Pennington, Et Al

Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Equilibrium   Catalog #: 71   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Cyprian Consiglio
Performer:  Cyprian Consiglio
Conductor:  John PenningtonLinda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phoenix Chamber OrchestraSanta Fe Desert Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The composer writes: ìWhat I have always loved about the Gospel of Luke is that everyone seems to burst into song. There is a tradition that Luke may have been an artist, perhaps even the first iconographer, since he paints such stunning tableaus with his words; but most assuredly he was a poet and a singer. That was my first impression to write The Song of Luke. In the Infancy Narrative alone ñ the story of the annunciation and birth of both John the Baptist and Jesus, up until Jesusí being presented in the Temple and the familyís return to Nazareth from Bethlehem ñ are contained the four great Gospel canticles of the Christian liturgical tradition: the canticle of Zechariah (known as the Benedictus) which is the churchís morning song; the Read more canticle of Mary (the Magnificat) of evensong; the Glory to God (Gloria in excelsis Deo) sung by the angels, a traditional Christmas text also used in many traditions at Eucharist; and the canticle of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis) which has for centuries accompanied night prayer. My second inspiration came from working closely with the French composer Lucien Deiss on his recitative settings of the four accounts of the Passion of Christ for soloists and choir, liturgical settings to be sung on Palm Sunday or Good Friday. But instead of another setting of the Passion, my idea was to write a cantilation of the Gospels for the Christmas cycle, with optional parts for soloists and choir, and to tie them together with the great canticles, two of which I had already written in first form, so that they could also be performed together as a program of sorts. And since I had already begun to compose sacred dances based on some of the same scenes, it seemed obvious to add them in as divertissements. Thus, with the addition of two pieces at the beginning and one at the end, was born The Song of Luke.î The work was premiered on May 17, 2002 by the same performers heard here. Read less

Works on This Recording

The Song of Luke by Cyprian Consiglio
Performer:  Cyprian Consiglio (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  John Pennington,  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phoenix Chamber Orchestra,  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002 
Length: 60 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 

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