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Passion / Santa Fe Desert Chorale


Release Date: 10/17/2006 
Label:  Clarion   Catalog #: 923   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  William MathiasBenjamin BrittenBror SamuelssonJean Berger,   ... 
Performer:  David FarwigDouglas CardwellAngela GabrielJohn Pennington,   ... 
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The disc's title refers to the program's repertoire, chosen to "reflect the heart of human existence--a passion for God, country, love, and life itself." The selections are both contemporary and from the past century, and they include some current choral-composer favorites--Morten Lauridsen (Soneto de la Noche), Eric Whitacre (A Boy and a Girl), and Osvaldo Golijov (Demos Gracias al Señor). Seasoned choral fans will be pleased not only with the variety among the 20 works, but also with the presence of so many excellent yet rarely-heard pieces, from William Mathias' Laetentur Coeli and O nata lux to Benjamin Britten's Chorale, György Ligeti's exciting Reggel (Morning--which depicts church bells and roosters!), and Read more Leonard Bernstein's charming French Choruses--incidental music from the play The Lark--heard here in the versions from the original 1955 production. There's also William Hawley's fine arrangement of Beautiful River and Moses Hogan's wild and wonderful setting of My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord (where did those sopranos come from?!).


Although I was delighted to see the inclusion of Daniel Gawthrop's Mary Speaks (an inspired--and inspiring--setting of the beautiful Madeleine L'Engle poem), this was the only place where the choir (in this case only the women) missed the interpretive mark. The deliberate, straightforward pace denies the phrases their true expressive possibilities and doesn't allow the striking harmonies to make their full effect. The vocal sound is lovely, but more rubato, more sensitivity to pauses and phrasing would have made a better performance.


Nevertheless, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, a professional choir that meets and performs each summer and in December, is an outstanding ensemble whose 20 voices seem capable of singing virtually anything. And if you didn't know this during the recording's first 55 minutes, you'll certainly be a believer after the disc's concluding work, a double-choir arrangement by Jack Manno of Bernstein's famous Overture from Candide. This is an absolutely stunning performance that's worth the price of the disc, five minutes of non-stop vocal virtuosity, with the singers transforming instrumental parts into a surprisingly new and infectiously fun listening experience. And again, those sopranos are amazing, soaring in the stratosphere most of the time and never losing energy or pitch. Piccolos? No problem--these women can do piccolos! The sound is just fine, and informative notes by conductor Linda Mack complete a terrific package, essential for choral music lovers.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rex gloriae, Op. 83: Laetentur Coeli by William Mathias
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Wales, UK 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
2.
Rex gloriae, Op. 83: O nata lux by William Mathias
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Wales, UK 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
3.
Chorale on an old french Carol by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
4.
Latin Hymns (3): Ave maris stella by Bror Samuelsson
Performer:  David Farwig (Baritone)
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; Sweden 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
5.
Ye shall go out with joy by Jean Berger
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
6.
Mary Speaks by Daniel E Gawthrop
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
7.
Salve Regina by Alfred Desenclos
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
8.
A Boy and a Girl by Eric Whitacre
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
9.
Kpanlongo by Traditional
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Written: Ghana 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Derek Bermel 
10.
Morning by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Hungary 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Hungarian 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
11.
My soul's been anchored in the Lord by Traditional
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Moses Hogan 
12.
La pasión según San Marcos: Demos Gracias al Seńor by Osvaldo Golijov
Performer:  Douglas Cardwell (Percussion), Angela Gabriel (Percussion)
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
13.
Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  John Pennington (Percussion)
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jack Manno 
14.
Nocturnes for Chorus and Piano: no 2, Soneto de la noche by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Written: 2005; USA 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
15.
Sephardic Folksongs (6) for Mixed Choir: no 3, La rosa enflorece by Paul Ben-Haim
Performer:  Jennie Olson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Israel 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Ladino 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
16.
Sephardic Folksongs (6) for Mixed Choir: no 4, Puncha, puncha by Paul Ben-Haim
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Israel 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Ladino 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
17.
Shall we gather at the river? by Robert Lowry
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Brooklyn, New York, 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: William Hawley.
Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
18.
The Lark: Spring Song by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Jeffrey Manns (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005)
This selection is sung in French and Latin. 
19.
The Lark: Court Song by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Jeffrey Manns (Countertenor), Jennie Olson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 
20.
The Lark: Soldier's Song by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Linda Mack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Venue:  Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa F 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM (08/10/2005 - 08/11/2005) 

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