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Beach: Grand Mass In Eb Major / Jones, Law, Et Al

Release Date: 10/24/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 179   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Joel SchneiderMargot LawMartha RemingtonRay Bauwens
Conductor:  Barbara Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stow Festival ChorusStow Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Amy Beach's music has received increased attention in the late 1990s, due to renewed interest in both the achievements of women composers and American musical history. In addition to these concerns, Beach's work stands on its own merits, and her ambitious Grand Mass in E flat Major is among her most important achievements. More than an hour in length, the Mass was written in her early 20s and premiered in 1892.
Most impressive in this setting is the composer's exploration of a variety of musical textures, instrumental and vocal groupings, and styles of text-setting. Solo instruments--especially the English horn, on two heart-melting occasions--have prominent and effective roles. A dramatic sensibility infuses the Agnus Dei; the piece
Read more builds from a soprano solo to full, massed forces before a transition to a peaceful conclusion, which includes reminiscences of themes from earlier in the work.
Recorded live at a 1995 Boston revival of the work, this recording falls short of doing it full justice, but there is much fine playing, and among the vocalists, soprano Margo Law and tenor Ray Bauwens stand out. Any shortcomings aside, this release is commendable for allowing this work to be heard once again. Read less

Works on This Recording

Mass in E flat major, Op. 5 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Joel Schneider (Baritone), Margot Law (Soprano), Martha Remington (Mezzo Soprano),
Ray Bauwens (Tenor)
Conductor:  Barbara Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stow Festival Chorus,  Stow Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/22/1995 
Venue:  Live  Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, Boston 
Length: 67 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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