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Cool Of The Day

Cool Of The Day / Various
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1374   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousAlice ParkerAnton BrucknerAntonio Lotti,   ... 
Performer:  Sam Taylor-d'AmbrosioJack MullinChristine SantiagoKevin Kim,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert ReuterKent Tritle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Ignatius Loyola Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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COOL OF THE DAY: A Cappella Gems Through the Centuries Kent Trittle, Robert Reuter (cond); St. Ignatius Loyola Ch; Students of Cristo Rey High School; Students of Loyola High School MSR MS 1374 (77:48 Text and Translation)


Selections by BRUCKNER, GREGORIAN CHANT, TRADITIONAL, NICOLAI, CASALS, LOTTI, PALESTRINA, SOMARY, HILL, DICKAU, WHITACRE, R. STRAUSS, RITCHIE, DAWSON


New York City is a hard city, the city of Wall Street, Read more daytime television studios, advertising agencies, corporate headquarters, great wealth, and grim poverty. This hardness in its various forms glares at New Yorkers every day, and inevitably affects its artistic institutions. Even the formidable New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera are not exempt. Too often one hears Beethoven/Schillers’s “All men are brothers,” or Mozart/da Ponte’s “We are all contented, and ever shall be!” ring hollow on the ears. However, there are places, one of them located at 980 Park Avenue, where this is not the case. When the choir of St. Ignatius Loyola sings “Thou, light in the heavens, brighter than the sun, awaken in me!” from Richard Strauss’s German Motet it rings true. It is thrilling. Sincerity seems to be the most pivotal element here, and it is an ore that requires much refining before it can carry the emotional power of Rückert’s words. Here these requirements—beautiful disciplined voices, clear diction, precise intonation, homogeneous ensemble, an arching legato line, and solid rhythmic direction—are met in full, with the happy result of a monumental work stunningly performed, captured and preserved on disc.


In regard to sheer beauty of tone the ensemble is most impressive when it includes the high school choirs of Cristo Rey and Loyola. As the vibratos of individual adult choir members are sometimes not as slender as need be, causing some singers to be on the high side of the pitch while others simultaneously are on the low, their sound now and again loses its generally pristine focus. The two younger choirs’ purity of pitch provide the backbone that makes pieces like O Vos Omnes and Crucifixus the production’s high points.


The music offered on Cool of the Day is a very odd potpourri, varying widely in quality. Strauss’s magnificent motet, for example, is a strange bedfellow to Jean Ritchie’s ersatz folk tune, sung in Joan Baez fashion by mezzo-soprano, Silvie Jensen; after the Strauss it is a bit jarring: a Reubens beside a Norman Rockwell. In general the greatness of the older pieces seems to be an indictment against the Whitacres and Hills and their beige works. It is notable that the choir invariably sounds its best in the better pieces. The austere beauty of tone in Crucifixus, and the sumptuous waves of sound in Os Justi and Surge, Illuminare Jerusalem, validate the old phrase “the romance of the church.” I know of no other recording that matches the depth and beauty and of these performances.


Recording engineer Les Wojcik has perfectly captured the sound ambience of St. Ignatius Church.


FANFARE: Raymond Beegle
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Works on This Recording

1.
Wondrous Love ("What wondrous love is this"), hymn by Anonymous
Conductor:  Robert Reuter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Ignatius Loyola Choir
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Hark, I hear the harps eternal by Alice Parker
Conductor:  Robert Reuter
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, WAB 30 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Linz, Austria 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4.
Memento, responsory in mode 2 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
Surge illuminare Jerusalem by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7.
I Lift Up My Eyes, for chorus by Johannes Somary
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8.
Dominus illuminatio by David Hill
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
9.
O nata lux, for chorus by David Dickau
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
10.
Songs of Faith (3): no 2, Hope, faith, life, love by Eric Whitacre
Conductor:  Robert Reuter
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
11.
Deutsche Motette, Op. 62 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Germany 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 16 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12.
The Cool of the Day, folk song by Traditional
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
13.
Ain't-a that good news? by William Dawson
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
14.
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child by Traditional
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Written: USA 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
15.
Soon Ah Will Be Done by William Dawson
Performer:  Sam Taylor-d'Ambrosio (Voice), Jack Mullin (Voice), Christine Santiago (Voice),
Kevin Kim (Voice), Chelsea Marie Dua (Voice), Caitlin Guzman (Voice),
Anna Proios (Voice)
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
16.
Vocem iucunditatis, introit in mode 3 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
17.
I thank you God for most this amazing day by Eric Whitacre
Conductor:  Robert Reuter
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
18.
Pater noster, Op. 33 by Otto Nicolai
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1840 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
19.
O vos omnes by Pablo Casals
Conductor:  Kent Tritle
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1932 
Venue:  Live  Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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