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Elena Ruehr: Averno

Ruehr / Krull / Trinity Choir / Novus Ny
Release Date: 09/11/2012 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2263   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Elena Ruehr
Performer:  Marguerite KrullStephen Salters
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trinity ChoirNovus NY
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composer Elena Ruehr’s first release for Avie assembles vocal and choral works inspired by three distinct American poets: Louise Glück, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes. The title work, “Averno,” is a cantata that sets 11 poems of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glück collection of the same name. The miniatures “Cricket, Spider, Bee” paint a vivid, aural picture of Dickinson’s scenic natural world. The large scale “Gospel Cha Cha” sets Langston Hughes’ socially critical late poetry, evoking African dances, drumming, and the Harlem Renaissance of the 1960s with improvisatory flair.

“Sumptuously scored and full of soaring melodies.” —New York Times

“Unspeakably gorgeous.” — Gramophone
Composer Elena Ruehr’s first release for Avie assembles vocal and choral works inspired by three distinct American poets: Louise Glück, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes. The title work, “Averno,” is a cantata that sets 11 poems of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glück collection of the same name. The miniatures “Cricket, Spider, Bee” paint a vivid, aural picture of Dickinson’s scenic natural world. The large scale “Gospel Cha Cha” sets Langston Hughes’ socially critical late poetry, evoking African dances, drumming, and the Harlem Renaissance of the 1960s with improvisatory flair.

“Sumptuously scored and full of soaring melodies.” —New York Times

“Unspeakably gorgeous.” — Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Averno by Elena Ruehr
Performer:  Marguerite Krull (Soprano), Stephen Salters (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trinity Choir,  Novus NY
2.
Cricket, Spider, Bee by Elena Ruehr
Performer:  Marguerite Krull (Soprano), Stephen Salters (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trinity Choir,  Novus NY
3.
Gospel Cha Cha by Elena Ruehr
Performer:  Marguerite Krull (Soprano), Stephen Salters (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julian Wachner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trinity Choir,  Novus NY

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