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Paths of Grace - Brahms, Lotti, et al / Gloriae Dei Cantores


Release Date: 10/24/2006 
Label:  Gloriae Dei Cantores   Catalog #: 116   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni PalestrinaJoseph RheinbergerPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release brings together 17 tracks from nine previous Gloria Dei Cantores CDs, concentrating on “works that capture a reflective and peaceful spirit.” It completes a trilogy ofsimilar re-release anthologies also including “Eternal Light” and “Joy and Gladness.”

The result is an unalloyed delight from beginning to end. Blend, intonation, and balance are fully on par with the best choral ensembles recording today. The men’s voices in the Russianrepertoire are satisfyingly robust; equally impressive is this group’s capacity for fortissimos that remain perfectly balanced without becoming the least bit screamy. Diction is not obsessively crisp, but more-than-adequately intelligible throughout.

The programming
Read more order sets up a nice rhythm between more restful, largely homophonic works and others somewhat more challenging from a harmonic or textural viewpoint. But within that overall concept, the serene homophony of Victoria, the lush Romantic harmonies of Rheinberger, and the piquant chromaticism of Brahms and Mathias are all rendered with equal and equally commendable aplomb.

The documentation does leave some small room for complaint: no program notes are provided, and while some instrumental and vocal soloists are credited, others are not—a particular disservice to those whose contributions are so critical in the Sviridov and Kedrov works. Further, listeners who are congenitally wary of electronic gimmickry may wish to note that “the dynamic range of this recording has been digitally enhanced to provide a more pleasurable listening experience.” Not having access to any of the original releases, I can’t compare the results to their previous incarnations, but I can report that my “listening experience” could hardly have been more pleasurable—and one that I look forward to repeating. Warmly recommended.

FANFARE: James Carson
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Works on This Recording

1.
Super flumina Babylonis by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Motets (4), Op. 133 by Joseph Rheinberger
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
An Angel crying by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4.
Motets (2), Op. 29: no 1, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1860; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae: Tenebrae Responsories - O vos omnes by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
6.
Come, Holy Ghost by Leo Sowerby
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Veni Sancte Spiritus, Op. 96 by William Mathias
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Wales, UK 
Length: 11 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8.
Mirabile mysterium by Pietro Vinci
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
9.
The Best of Rooms by Randall Thompson
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
10.
Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
11.
Angelus, Op. 90 no 5 by William Mathias
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; Wales, UK 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
12.
Motets (2), Op. 74: no 2, O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1877; Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
13.
Adoramus te by Giovanni Maria Nanino
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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