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The Road Less Traveled - Shewan, Et Al / Shewan, Et Al


Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 783   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Stephen ShewanRandall ThompsonVáclav NelhybelRon Nelson
Performer:  Emily ShewanRuth ShewanRobert DeutschMatthew Curlee
Conductor:  Franz Anton KragerPaul ShewanStephen ShewanRobert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moores School of Music Symphony OrchestraRoberts Wesleyan College ChoraleRoberts Wesleyan College Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The highlight of this fine collection is Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, settings of the poetry of Robert Frost for chorus and chamber orchestra, an effective portrait in music of rustic New England charm and directness.

This is a wonderful collection for fans of American composers and choral works alike. Stephen Shewan writes music in all media but has a special affinity for vocal and ensemble works (these can be heard on an earlier Albany release, TROY149). The Celebration Overture, written in honor of the 50th anniversary of KUHF-FM, Houston, Texas, is both celebratory and optimistic. Much of the same spirit carries over to For Dancing Hearts and Tunes while the two other choral pieces reflect a more meditative mood. Randall
Read more Thompson didn't compose a particularly large catalog of works but his choral works (which can be heard by these same forces on TROY362) and his beloved Symphony No.2 have assured him a place in the American repertoire. Frostiana, based on Robert Frost poems, is as perfect an example of his charm and nationalistic spirit as one could hope to hear. Ron Nelson writes some of the most exuberant music for band ever composed, and you might remember his wonderfully breezy Savannah River Holiday recorded so many years ago by Howard Hanson. The Te Deum was commissioned by the United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants. It is a work full of color, splendor and rich sonorities. Finally we have a work by the Czech-born Nelhybel, a truly prolific composer (over 400 published works) who really deserves greater exposure. The Psalm 150 is a rich, reverent work. The Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale is noted for its unique sound and performs regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic in a wide-ranging repertoire.
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Works on This Recording

1. Celebration Overture by Stephen Shewan
Conductor:  Franz Anton Krager
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2. Frostiana by Randall Thompson
Conductor:  Paul Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale,  Roberts Wesleyan College Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
Length: 33 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3. For Dancing Hearts and Tunes by Stephen Shewan
Conductor:  Stephen Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale,  Roberts Wesleyan College Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4. Light by Stephen Shewan
Performer:  Emily Shewan (French Horn)
Conductor:  Stephen Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale,  Robert Wesleyan College Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5. Land of Rest by Stephen Shewan
Performer:  Ruth Shewan (), Robert Deutsch (Cello), Matthew Curlee (Organ)
Conductor:  Paul Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale,  Roberts Wesleyan College Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6. Psalm 150 by Václav Nelhybel
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale,  Roberts Wesleyan College Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7. Te Deum Laudamus by Ron Nelson
Conductor:  Paul Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale,  Roberts Wesleyan College Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Length: 13 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

A Celebration
Frostiana: I. The Road Not Taken
Frostiana: II. The Pasture
Frostiana: III. Come In
Frostiana: IV. The Telephone
Frostiana: V. A Girl's Garden
Frostiana: VI. Stopping by the Woods
Frostiana: VII. Choose Something Like a Star
Te Deum Laudamus
For Dancing Hearts and Tunes
Light
Land of Rest
Psalm 150: I. Let Everything That Hath Breath
Psalm 150: II. Praise Him with the Timbrel
Psalm 150: III. Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet
Psalm 150: IV. Praise Ye the Lord

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