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Serenade / Timothy Seelig, Turtle Creek Chorale


Release Date: 05/08/2007 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 110   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Eric HelmuthKarl JenkinsStephen PaulusMorten Lauridsen,   ... 
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Two things characterize each of these 16 choral works: rich textures and full-bodied harmonies, both of which more or less define the justly famous, signature sound of the 200-plus male voices of the Turtle Creek Chorale. The themes are upbeat and hopeful, from Eric Helmuth's Everyone Sang (set to a Siegfried Sassoon poem) and Stephen Paulus' Loving-Kindness to John Rutter's Choral Fanfare and Ernest Charles' When I have sung my songs for you.

Choral fans certainly will notice the now-ubiquitous Dirait-on (here with strings, piano, and oboe) and O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, both of which benefit from the chorale's warm resonance and rich, well-blended tone quality, especially in the lower-register voices. But they
Read more also suffer somewhat from a very large group's relatively narrow range of expressive nuance and limited flexibility in tempo and dynamics--which is true for the program in general. But this is an ensemble that makes its mark with sheer size and the abundant, beautiful, shimmering sound it creates as well as through the always intelligently chosen repertoire, which is invariably delivered with precision, clear diction, sincerity, and joy. Fine examples of these qualities can be immediately heard in Eric Whitacre's Lux aurumque, in Timothy Seelig's arrangement of Schubert's "Ständchen", and in Eric Helmuth's lovely Shakespeare setting, How sweet the moonlight.

I'm not wild about the recording perspective, which gives odd prominence to the instruments on some tracks and really pumps up the resonance in Dallas' Meyerson Symphony Center. But these are well-thought-out, deliberate choices by the recording's producers, consistent with past productions, and fans of this celebrated choir will not object.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Everyone sang by Eric Helmuth
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
2.
Songs of Sanctuary: Adiemus by Karl Jenkins
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; England 
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
Language: Latin 
3.
Loving-kindness by Stephen Paulus
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
4.
Dirait-on by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
5.
A Choral Fanfare by John Rutter
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
6.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
Language: German 
7.
True love by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1876; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
8.
Psyché by Emile Paladilhe
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
Language: French 
9.
Songs (3), Op. 42: no 1, Abendständchen by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
10.
Dona nobis pacem by Giulio Caccini
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
11.
Lux aurumque by Eric Whitacre
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
Language: Latin 
12.
Stargazing: Creator of the universe by James Granville Eakin III
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
13.
O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
Language: Latin 
14.
The Mission: Nella fantasia (In my dreams) by Ennio Morricone
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
15.
How sweet the moonlight by Eric Helmuth
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
16.
When I have sung my songs by Ernest Charles
Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Venue:  Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Everyone Sang
Loving-kindness
A Choral Fanfare
Laska Opravdiva (True Love), JW IV/8
3 Gesange, Op. 42 (text by C. Brentano): 3 Gesange, Op. 42: No. 1. Abendstandchen
Lux Aurumque

Customer Reviews

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 "Seranade" Turle Creek Chorale June 28, 2013 By Arvis Hiniker (Carlsbad, CA) See All My Reviews "I heard the "Dona Nobis Pacem" from this album on the radio and wanted to hear more of this group. I have enjoyed the complete album. The music is serenely beautiful and relazing." Report Abuse
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