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Amorisms – Music of Paul Moravec / Portara Ensemble

Release Date: 01/08/2016 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3470  
Composer:  Paul Moravec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ALIAS Chamber EnsemblePortara Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“...openly and ebulliently attractive, flowing with an effortless lyric pulse.” - Fanfare

The above quote from a review of Paul Moravec’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Tempest Fantasy could well be applied to any number of this composer’s beguiling compositions. In this stunning collection, we get not only his fabled Tempest Fantasy, but also two world-premiere recordings of his music for voices and chamber ensemble. Amorisms is a ballet piece that can also be savored as absolute music; the Sacred Love Songs set familiar biblical texts and the well-known “Prayer of St. Francis.” Doing this marvelous music complete justice are members of the Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble and singers of the Portara Ensemble. Both are firm
Read more fixtures in the vibrant cultural scene of Nashville, where they have also taken advantage of some of the nation’s finest sound engineering talent.

Essentially a tonal composer, Moravec crafts his music with brainy sophistication and often subtle emotional expressiveness, such that it strikes the listener as highly accessible music of immediate appeal – yet its cunning complexity demands (like most great music) repeated hearings in order to appreciate it fully.
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Works on This Recording

Amorisms by Paul Moravec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ALIAS Chamber Ensemble,  Portara Ensemble
Written: 2014 
Tempest Fantasy by Paul Moravec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003 
Sacred Love Songs by Paul Moravec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ALIAS Chamber Ensemble,  Portara Ensemble
Written: 2012 

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