Westminster Choir

Biography

Active: 1920 - ; Dayton, OH
Over its 80-year history, the Westminster Choir has grown into one of the leading musical establishments anywhere in the United States. Renowned American choral conductor John Finley Williamson founded the choir in 1920 for the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dayton, OH. By 1929, Williamson had already built the first group of untrained voices into a professional ensemble of national and international fame; the choir affiliated itself in that Read more year with Ithaca College in New York. In 1932, the choir moved to Princeton, NJ, where it had easy access to the orchestras of New York and Philadelphia, and its home has been there since. Westminster Choir College (an academic unit of Rider University in Princeton) began as an outgrowth of the choir's activities. Fully seven choral ensembles now make up the performing apparatus of the college: the Westminster Chapel Choir (employing the college's freshman class), the Westminster Schola Cantorum (sophomores), the 200-voice Westminster Symphony Choir, the more select 40-voice Westminster Choir, the chamber-sized Westminster Singers, a Bell Choir, and the Jubilee Singers. The Symphony Choir and the Westminster Choir present the face of the college to the world in tours and recordings.

Both of these most visible Westminster Choirs have left an astounding trail of musical achievements. The Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski was the first major orchestra to incorporate the Westminster Choir into its performances. Since that time, the list of its collaborations includes nearly every major conductor in the world, from Claudio Abbado to Bruno Walter, from Pierre Boulez to Arturo Toscanini, from Leonard Bernstein to Sergey Rachmaninov; the choir has performed over 300 times in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra alone. The Westminster Choir has brought its choral art on tour around the world and has recorded on 12 labels. Since the 1977 inception of the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the Westminster Choir has been its chorus-in-residence; it also served as chorus-in-residence for the Festival dei due mondi in Spoleto, Italy, for some 23 years. Since 1971, the Westminster Choir has performed under the baton of its artistic director Joseph Flummerfelt, who studied with Nadia Boulanger, Elaine Brown, and Julius Herford. The choir's first Grammy nomination was in 1976, for a recording of Sergey Prokofiev's Alexander Nevski. A later national honor came in 2002, when the Westminster Choir was asked to perform Verdi's Messa da Requiem in a televised memorial for the events of September 11th. Read less

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Biography

Active: 1920 - ; Dayton, OH
Over its 80-year history, the Westminster Choir has grown into one of the leading musical establishments anywhere in the United States. Renowned American choral conductor John Finley Williamson founded the choir in 1920 for the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dayton, OH. By 1929, Williamson had already built the first group of untrained voices into a professional ensemble of national and international fame; the choir affiliated itself in that Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Requiem: Kyrie
Dies irae
Offertorio
Libera me
Te Deum
Te Deum
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125: I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125: I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125: II. Molto vivace - Presto - Molto vivace - Presto
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125: II. Molto vivace - Presto - Molto vivace - Presto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor 'Choral', Op. 125: III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor 'Choral', Op. 125: III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125: IV. Presto - Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro assai - Allegro assai vivace - Alla marcia - Andante maestoso - Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato - Allegro ma non tanto - Poco adagio - Prestissim
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125: IV. Presto - Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro assai - Allegro assai vivace - Alla marcia - Andante maestoso - Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato - Allegro ma non tanto - Poco adagio - Prestissim
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - 1: Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier)
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - 2: Andante moderato
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - 3: (Scherzo)
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 4: "Urlicht" - Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht - "O Röslein rot"
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 1ère Partie: Introduction: Combats - Tumulte - Intervention du Prince
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 1ère Partie: Introduction: Combats - Tumulte - Intervention du Prince
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Prologue: Récitatif choral
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Prologue: Récitatif choral
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Prologue: Strophes
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Prologue: Strophes
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Prologue: Récitatif et Scherzetto
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Prologue: Récitatif et Scherzetto
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 2ème Partie: Roméo seul - Tristesse - Bruits lontain Concert et de bal - Grande fête chez les Capulet
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 2ème Partie: Roméo seul - Tristesse - Bruits lontain Concert et de bal - Grande fête chez les Capulet
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 3ème Partie: Nuit sereine - Le jardin de Capulet s'ilencieux et désert. Les jeunes Capulets sortent de la fête, passente en chantant des réminiscences de la musique du bal.
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 3ème Partie: Nuit sereine - Le jardin de Capulet s'ilencieux et désert. Les jeunes Capulets sortent de la fête, passente en chantant des réminiscences de la musique du bal.
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 3ème Partie: Ohé! Capulets! Bonsoir, bonsoir
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 3ème Partie: Ohé! Capulets! Bonsoir, bonsoir
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 3ème Partie: Scène d'amour (Adagio)
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 3ème Partie: Scène d'amour (Adagio)
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 4ème Partie: La reine Mab, ou la Fée des Songes
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 4ème Partie: La reine Mab, ou la Fée des Songes
Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été Op. 7: Villanelle
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7: Villanelle
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7 (1998 Digital Remaster): Le Spectre de la Rose
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7 (1998 Digital Remaster): Le Spectre de la Rose
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7 (1998 Digital Remaster): Sur les Lagunes
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7 (1998 Digital Remaster): Sur les Lagunes
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7 (1998 Digital Remaster): Absence
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7 (1998 Digital Remaster): Absence
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7 (1998 Digital Remaster): Au Cimetière
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7 (1998 Digital Remaster): Au Cimetière
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7 (1998 Digital Remaster): L'île inconnue
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7 (1998 Digital Remaster): L'île inconnue
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - 1: Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier)
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - 2: Andante moderato
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - 3: (Scherzo)
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 4: "Urlicht" - Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht - "O Röslein rot"
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo
I. Russia under the Mongolian Yoke
II. Song about Alexander Nevsky
III. The Crusaders in Pskov
IV. Arise, Ye Russian People
V. The Battle on the Ice
VI. The Field of the Dead
VII. Alexander's Entry into Pskov
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo russico; senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto
I. Gnomus (The Gnome). Vivo
Promenade. Moderato non tanto, pesamente
II. Il vecchio castello (The old castle). Andante molto cantabile e con dolore
Promenade. Moderato non tanto, pesamente
III. Tuileries (Children's dispute after game). Allegretto non troppo, capriccioso
IV. Bydlo. Sempre moderato, pesante
Promenade. Tranquillo
V. Ballet des petits poussins dans leurs coques (Ballet of the unhatched chickens). Scherzino. Vivo leggiero
VI. Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle. Andante
VII. Limoges. le marché (The market place of Limoges). Allegretto vivo, sempre scherzando
VIII. Catacombae. Sepulchrum Romanum (Catacombs: A Roman Grave). Largo
Cum mortuis in lingua morta (With the dead in a dead language). Andante non troppo, con lamento
IX. La cabane de Baba-Yaga sur des pattes de poule (The hut of Baba-Yaga on chicken's legs). Allegro con brio, feroce - Andante mosso - Allegro molto
X. La grande porte de Kiev (The great gate of Kiev). Allegro alla breve. Maestoso. Con grandezza
Kyrie: Assai sostenuto (Mit Andancht)
Gloria: Allegro vivace
Credo: Allegro ma non troppo
Sanctus: Adagio (Mit Andacht)
Agnus Dei: Adagio
Te Deum in C Major for Voices, Organ, Orchestra and Chorus: I. Te Deum. Allegro moderato
II. Te ergo. Moderato
III. Aeterna fac. Allegro. Moderato. Feierlich, mit Kraft
IV. Salvum fac. Moderato
Per singulos dies benedicimus te. Allegro moderato
V. In te, Domine, speravi. Mäßig bewegt
In te, Domine, speravi. Fuge. Im gleichen gemäßigten Tempo - Alla breve
Part I: Hymnus: Veni, creator spiritus
Part II: Final Scene from Faust
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Symphony No.1 in E Major, Op.26: I. Lento
Symphony No.1 in E Major, Op.26: II. Allegro dramatico
Symphony No.1 in E Major, Op.26: III. Lento
Symphony No.1 in E Major, Op.26: IV. Vivace
Symphony No.1 in E Major, Op.26: V. Allegro
Symphony No.1 in E Major, Op.26: VI. Andante
I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen ( Poco andante, e con espressione)
II. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras (Moderato, in modo di marcia - Un poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo)
III. Herr, lehre doch mich (Andante moderato)
IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Con moto moderato)
V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (Andante)
VI. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt ( Andante - Vivace - Allegro)
VII. Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herren sterben (Maestoso)
I. Requiem (Chorus, Soloists)
II. Dies irae: Dies irae. Allegro agitato (Chorus)
Tuba mirum. Allegro sotenuto (Bass, Chorus)
Liber scriptus. Allegro molto sostenuto - Allegro agitato - (Mezzo-Soprano, Chorus)
Quid sum miser. Adagio - (Mezzo-Soprano, Soprano, Tenor)
Rex tremendae. Adagio maestoso - (Chorus, Soloists)
Recordare. Lo stesso tempo - (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano)
Ingemisco. - Qui Mariam. Poco meno mosso (Tenor)
Confutatis. Andante - Allegro come prima - (Bass, Chorus)
Lacrymosa. Largo (Solists, Chorus)
III. Offertorio (Soloists)
IV. Sanctus. Allegro (Chorus)
V. Agnus Dei. Andante (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Chorus)
Messa da Requiem: VI. Lux aeterna. Allegro moderato (Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Bass) (Voice)
VII. Libera me (Soprano, Chorus) (Voice)
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 1st Movement - Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier) - Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 1st Movement - Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier) - Sehr mäßig und zurückhaltend
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 1st Movement - Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier) - Schnell
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 1st Movement - Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier) - Tempo I
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 1st Movement - Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier) - Tempo sostenuto
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 2nd Movement - Andante moderato - Sehr gemächlich
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 2nd Movement - Andante moderato - Nicht eilen. Sehr gemächlich
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 2nd Movement - Andante moderato - In Tempo I zurückkehren
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 2nd Movement - Andante moderato - Energisch bewegt
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 2nd Movement - Andante moderato - Wieder ins Tempo zurückgehen. TempoI
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 3: (Scherzo) - In ruhiger fließender Bewegung
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 3: (Scherzo) - Sehr getragen und gesangvoll
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 3: (Scherzo) - Zum Tempo I zurückkehren
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 4: "Urlicht" - Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht - "O Röslein rot"
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo - Im Tempo des Scherzos
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo - Langsam
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo - Am Anfang sehr zurückgehalten
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo - Wieder sehr breit
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo - Molto ritenuto. Maestoso
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo - Wieder zurückhaltend
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo - Sehr langsam und gedehnt
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo - Langsam. Misterioso - "Auferstehen, ja auferstehen wirst du gesät"
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo - Langsam ppp. Nicht schleppen - "Wieder aufzublühn wirst du gesät"
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo - Etwas bewegter - "O glaube, mein Herz, o glaube"
Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo - Mit Aufschwung, aber nicht eilen - "O Schmerz, du Alldurchdringer"


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