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Wadsworth: The Far West / Shantz, Luminous Voices


Release Date: 04/12/2016 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9466   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Zachary Wadsworth
Performer:  Katie PartridgeLawrence Wiliford
Conductor:  Timothy Shantz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luminous Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Zachary Wadsworth is a composer of “fresh, deeply felt and strikingly original” music (Washington Post) whose work has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Westminster Abbey. Though still in his early 30's, as recipient of the Douglas Moore Fellowship for American Opera, he was in residence at the Metropolitan Opera and the Santa Fe Opera. Wadsworth's haunting cantata, The Far West and other recent choral works are beautifully sung by the Canadian chamber choir, Luminous Voices, directed by Timothy Shantz. Zachary Wadsworth is a composer of “fresh, deeply felt and strikingly original” music (Washington Post) whose work has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Westminster Abbey. Though still in his early 30's, as recipient of the Douglas Moore Fellowship for American Opera, he was in residence at the Metropolitan Opera and the Santa Fe Opera. Wadsworth's haunting cantata, The Far West and other recent choral works are beautifully sung by the Canadian chamber choir, Luminous Voices, directed by Timothy Shantz. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Come to the Road by Zachary Wadsworth
Conductor:  Timothy Shantz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luminous Voices
Period: Contemporary 
2.
Up-Hill by Zachary Wadsworth
Performer:  Katie Partridge (Soprano)
Conductor:  Timothy Shantz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luminous Voices
Period: Contemporary 
3.
The Far West by Zachary Wadsworth
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
Conductor:  Timothy Shantz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luminous Voices
Period: Contemporary 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
  Music that transcends its origins September 19, 2016 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "The text for "The Far West" comes from the poetry of Tim Dlugos, written while he was dying of AIDS-related complications in 1990. Zachary Wadsworth set the poems to music in 2014. The resulting cantata, The Far West, effectively channels the raw emotions of Dlugos. And I think part of that effectiveness is the distance of time. Wadsworth's setting, being removed from the immediacy of the events, makes the poems more universal. These are feelings that anyone with a debilitating illness, such as cancer, Alzheimer's -- or even just aging -- can relate to (I know I did). Wadsworth effectively uses his forces to plumb the depths of Dlugos' poetry. Tenor Lawrence Wiliford gives voice to the poet, while the Luminous Voices serves as a Greek chorus, commenting on the action. The string ensemble provides the harmonic underpinning and subtly colors the emotions expressed by the text. Wilford sings in a clean, controlled fashion that's expressive without being overly so. That restraint adds a poignancy to the text that I found particularly effective." Report Abuse
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