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I Hear America Singing! - Choral Music Of Roy Harris


Release Date: 04/16/1996 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 164   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Roy Harris
Performer:  Daryl Scott
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This all-Harris disc contains the best of his choral music. In his program notes for this disc, John Proffitt writes: "Roy Harris wrote music especially rich in qualities American regard as reflecting their national life and character - honesty, vigor and expansiveness - a tonal reflection of his western background. This Americanism was not that of the big cities and Tin Pan Alley, but rather was that of the bleak and barren expanses of the western plains, of the brooding prairie night, of stronger, more fundamental emotions than are usually associated with that other musical Americanism, that of Jazz and Broadway." The selections on this CD range from a cappella chorus to chorus with brass and organ. The "Mass," Read more "Alleluia," and "Madrigal" are world premiere recordings. The "Three Songs of Democracy," "Symphony for Voices on Poems of Walt Whitman," and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" are first stereo recordings.

REVIEW:

"...The two religious works are rough-hewn and honest, and not unlike the Vaughan Williams's Mass in G Minor in their balancing of an almost medieval austerity with a contemporary harmonic adventurousness. The three Whitman-inspired sets are even finer; the intricate, expressionistic Symphony for Voices on Poems by Walt Whitman contains some of the most evocative choral writing that I've heard coming from the years before the Second World War....Sometimes Harris's work seems like dated Americana, but these choral works, all of them written in the 30s and 40s, are very much alive and viable. They need to be heard more often....This is wonderful music." (Fanfare)
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Works on This Recording

1. Easter Cantata by Roy Harris
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Language: English 
2. Mass for Male Chorus and Organ by Roy Harris
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
3. They say that Susan has no heart for learning by Roy Harris
Performer:  Daryl Scott (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Language: English 
4. Whitman Triptych by Roy Harris
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Language: English 
5. Three Songs of Democracy by Roy Harris
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Language: English 
6. Symphony for Voices by Roy Harris
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
7. When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Roy Harris
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Alleluia
Mass: Kyrie
Mass: Gloria
Mass: Credo
Mass: Sanctus and Benedictus
Mass: Agnus Dei
They say that Susan has no heart for learning
Whitman Triptych: No. 1. I hear America singing
Whitman Triptych: No. 2. An evening lull
Whitman Triptych: No. 3. America
To Thee, Old Cause
1941; year that Trembled
Freedom, Toleration
Symphony for Voices: I. Songs for all seas, all ships
Symphony for Voices: II. Tears
Symphony for Voices: III. Inscription
When Johnny Comes Marching Home

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