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Robert Maggio: The Wishing Tree, Aristotle, Jacklight, Etc


Release Date: 03/30/2004 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 645   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Maggio
Conductor:  David DeVenneyThomas Lloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  West Chester University Concerto ChoirChamber Singers Of Haverford And Bryn Mawr Colleges
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Robert Maggio is a composer of concert music, and scores for ballet, modern dance and theater. He is Professor of Music at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania, his music has been performed nationally and abroad. Aristotle was commissioned and first performed in 1999, by the Ithaca College Choir. Billy Collins’ text is often funny, sometimes poignant, and in certain moments sharply haunting. The Irish poet Seamus Heaney wrote his poetic vision, The Wishing Tree, after the death of his mother. The imagery of envisioning his mother as a wishing tree lends itself naturally to a musical setting. The work was commissioned in 1999 by Donald Nally and the Choral Arts Society of Read more Philadelphia. The music evokes both the serenity of the dream-state and the ecstasy of the vision itself. Jacklight was commissioned by the West Chester University Concert Choir in 1997. The title of Louise Erdrich’s poem refers to a torch or a light used to attract fish or game at night, holding them in thrall so they might be more easily killed. Rachel and Her Children – Small Hands, Relinquish All was commissioned by the Bucks County Choral Society for its 30th anniversary in 2002. Inspired by the relationship of sacred and secular texts in The Wishing Tree, the libretto combines the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay with David Rosenberg’s poetic transformation of verses from the book of Jeremiah, and the Psalms. Rachel’s lament for her children, found in the account of the slaughter of the innocents in the second chapter of the gospel of Matthew, here provides the anchor for reflection on mortality and renewal, hope and fear from the contrasting perspectives of adults and children.

REVIEW:

"Maggio is quite a craftsman, with the traditional elements... all contribute to a smooth, luxurious, somewhat mysterious, flow." (American Record Guide)

"...Maggio shows himself both deeply respectful of the choral tradition and determined to put his own stamp on it." (Fanfare)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Aristotle by Robert Maggio
Conductor:  David DeVenney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  West Chester University Concerto Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2.
The Wishing Tree by Robert Maggio
Conductor:  Thomas Lloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Singers Of Haverford And Bryn Mawr Colleges
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3.
Jacklight by Robert Maggio
Conductor:  David DeVenney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  West Chester University Concerto Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

Sound Samples

Aristotle
The Wishing Tree
Jacklight
Rachel and her Children (Small Hands Relinquish All): I. Prelude (the Ardent Eye, the Listening Ear)
Rachel and her Children (Small Hands Relinquish All): II. Listen, a Voice Sobbing in Ramah
Rachel and her Children (Small Hands Relinquish All): III. Small Hands, Relinquish All
Rachel and her Children (Small Hands Relinquish All): IV. As Sharp as in My Childhood
Rachel and her Children (Small Hands Relinquish All): V. Time, that Renews the Tissues of This Frame
Rachel and her Children (Small Hands Relinquish All): VI. Why, O God, Do You Stand So Far Off?
Rachel and her Children (Small Hands Relinquish All): VII. Your Voice Will Cease its Weeping

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