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Pablo Neruda - The Poet Sings / Conspirare

Ratcliff,C. / Johnson,Hella Craig
Release Date: 09/11/2015 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 807637   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Cary RatcliffShawn KirchnerDonald Grantham
Performer:  Faith DebowJames K. BassSteve RedfieldLauren Snouffer
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Conspirare
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare in this vibrant tribute to revered Chilean poet and statesman Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), whose life-affirming poetry is the inspiration for these captivating choral settings by Donald Grantham, Shawn Kirchner and Cary Ratcliff, all recorded here for the first time.

"In this recording, Conspirare focuses its attention and exploration on the greatly revered Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), whose poems have stirred souls around the world. I have heard more than one passionate reader exclaim “Neruda IS music!” Neruda’s personal universe and the many realms of feeling, color and texture
Read more he envisaged with his words have inspired many artists to respond with new creations. It is our hope that the extraordinary musical settings by Cary Ratcliff, Shawn Kirchner, and Donald Grantham can serve as a conduit for an ever deepening experience with this sublime and powerful poetry. For the uninitiated, may it serve as a portal to his art." Craig Hella Johnson

"So, through me, freedom and the sea will make their answer to the shuttered heart."
-- PABLO NERUDA, transl. Alistair Reid
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ode to Common Things, for chorus & orchestra (or chamber ensemble) by Cary Ratcliff
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Conspirare
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1996 
Date of Recording: 09/2014 
Venue:  Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College, Ind 
Length: 46 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2.
Tu sangre en la mía (Soneto 53), for chorus & piano by Shawn Kirchner
Performer:  Faith Debow (Piano)
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Conspirare
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2009 
Date of Recording: 09/2014 
Venue:  Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College, Ind 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Tu voz (Soneto 52), for chorus & piano by Shawn Kirchner
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Conspirare
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2007 
Date of Recording: 09/2014 
Venue:  Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College, Ind 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
La cancíon desesperada, for soprano, bass, violin & chorus by Donald Grantham
Performer:  James K. Bass (), Steve Redfield (Violin), Lauren Snouffer ()
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Conspirare
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005 
Date of Recording: 09/2014 
Venue:  Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College, Ind 
Length: 18 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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