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In Paradisum: The Healing Power of Heaven / Schmidt, South Dakota Chorale

Sarti / Durufle / South Dakota Chorale / Schmidt
Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Gothic Records   Catalog #: 49279   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalGiuseppe SartiMaurice Duruflé
Performer:  Jesse Echbach
Conductor:  Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Dakota Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both Super Audio and standard Stereo playerS.

This album won a Grammy® for Best Classical Producer, Blanton Alspaugh.

In their debut recording, the South Dakota Chorale performs the rarely recorded “organ version” of Duruflé’s Requiem, using the French-influenced Bedient organ of First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls, SD.

Brian A. Schmidt is a conductor and composer whose award-winning works have been sung by many choirs across the country.

The program consists of:
Giuseppe Sarti: Nïñe sílï ñebésnïya (Now the Powers of Heaven) (5:33)
Traditional American, arr. Gary
Read more Ruschman: Run On (God’s Gonna Cut You Down) (3:20)
Spiritual, arr. Normal Luboff: Deep River (3:29)
Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan: The Battle of Jericho (2:27)
Maurice Duruflé: Requiem, op. 9

The Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Sarti (1729-1802), moved to Russia to teach composition, but became influenced by the musical traditions of Russian Orthodox Church. In Nïñe sílï ñebésnïya (“Now the Powers of Heaven”), Sarti combines the sweetness of older compositional techniques (stile antico) with virtuosic vocal fireworks that vividly paint the power of heaven...from the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Run on (“God’s Gonna Cut You Down”) is a traditional American folk song that speaks of the temptations and pitfalls of life, and the threat of God’s judgment. It has been arranged to fit many popular music genres, and sung by artists like Johnny Cash, Odetta, Elvis Presley, the Blind Boys or Alabama. It is arranged here for choir by Gary Ruschman (b. 1973).

American spirituals often speak to goal of reaching heaven and experiencing its healing powers. Deep River in this classic arrangement by Norman Luboff (1917-1987) xpresses the desire for deliverance from the trials of this life and the ultimate healing of the life to come, symbolized by crossing the river Jordan.

The Battle of Jericho recounts one of the Bible’s great stories of the power of heaven focused through the actions of the faithful Joshua. Moses Hogan’s (1957-2003) dynamic arrangement of this familiar song shifts into emotional overdrive to reveal the unrelenting energy of the battle scene that day.

Maurice Duruflê (1902-1986) sang in the Rouen Cathedral Choir as a child and later studied organ with Charles Tournemire, Cesar Franck’s successor at St- Clotilde in Paris. In 1920 he entered the Paris Conservatory, eventually winning first prizes in organ, harmony, piano accompaniment and composition. In 1929, he became titular organist of St- tienne-du-Mont in Paris, where he stayed the rest of his life.

Duruflé’s Requiem Opus 9 is one of the great musical masterpieces of the 20th century, but it is unusual in several ways. There are three versions of the work, each with a different nstrumental accompaniment. One version is for organ alone (heard on this recording), another for organ and string orchestra with optional trumpets, harp and timpani, and one or organ and full orchestra. Of these, the version with organ accompaniment alone is the least-often recorded, but demonstrates Durufle’s complete mastery of orchestration at the organ. The 2008 organ by Gene Bedient at Sioux Falls First Congregational Church has many French Romantic colors, employed to great effect in this performance.

Durufle’s recommendations for soloists are also unusual. The use of soloists is sparse, and there are indications in the score that the Baritone “solo” could be sung by the choir. The combination of instrumental accompaniments and soloist possibilities has led to a wide variety of performances of this work. Musically, Duruflé set ancient chant melodies into modern harmonies, particularly the Gregorian chants from “Mass for the Dead”, thus achieving a musical work that weaves together centuries of musical traditions. The Requiem’s most powerful attribute being the enveloping sonorities, which encompass the entire spectrum of human emotion and experience. From thundering depictions of the Day of Judgment to beautiful pianissimo prayers for light and salvation, the powerful experience of this music has brought many a sense of consolation, healing, peace, and a hope that “angels will lead us into paradise”—as the Requiem’s last musical movement states with powerful and Heavenly reassurance.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Run On by Traditional
Performer:  Jesse Echbach (Organ)
Conductor:  Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Dakota Chorale
2.
Deep river by Traditional
Performer:  Jesse Echbach (Organ)
Conductor:  Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Dakota Chorale
Written: USA 
3.
The Battle of Jericho by Traditional
Performer:  Jesse Echbach (Organ)
Conductor:  Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Dakota Chorale
Written: USA 
4.
Now the Powers of Heaven by Giuseppe Sarti
Performer:  Jesse Echbach (Organ)
Conductor:  Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Dakota Chorale
5.
Requiem, Op. 9 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Jesse Echbach (Organ)
Conductor:  Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Dakota Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Nine sili nebesniya (Now the Powers of Heaven)
God's Gonna Cut You Down, "Run On" (arr. G. Ruschman)
Deep river (arr. N. Luboff)
The Battle of Jericho (arr. M. Hogan)
Requiem, Op. 9: Introit: Requiem aeternam
Requiem, Op. 9: Kyrie
Requiem, Op. 9: Domine Jesu Christe
Requiem, Op. 9: Sanctus
Requiem, Op. 9: Pie Jesu
Requiem, Op. 9: Agnus Dei
Requiem, Op. 9: Lux aeterna
Requiem, Op. 9: Libera me
Requiem, Op. 9: In paradisum

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