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In The Beginning - Copland, Barber / Parry, Dunedin Consort


Release Date: 02/27/2001 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 117   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandSamuel Barber
Performer:  Sally Bruce-Payne
Conductor:  Ben Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.

Scotland's premier young vocal ensemble made its Linn debut with this recording of a cappella vocal music by America's two most famous 20th century composers: Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. This moving disc features a beautiful vocal arrangement of Samuel Barber's celebrated Adagio for Strings.

Reviews

"...the excellent Dunedin Consort, a mixed choir here singing a capella in vocal works by two of America's greatest composers. The Barber includes a very intense transcription for mixed chorus of the Adagio from his String Quartet Op 11, which is much better known in the popular version for string orchestra...a stunning
Read more performance, and a brilliant recording, recorded to give very distinct and well disposed spatial sense, and better separation of individual voices..."

- Hi Fi Choice, June 1, 2007

"Labelled 'In the Beginning' and sporting a photograph of the Horse's Head Nebula, this CD outwardly resembles one of those "spiritual" compilations through which record companies exploit classical music and religion in one fell swoop. In fact it is a fascinating programme of 20th-century American choral music, all unaccompanied, glowingly sung and recorded."

- Daily Telegraph, February 5, 2001
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Works on This Recording

1. In the Beginning by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Sally Bruce-Payne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ben Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Language: English 
2. Motets (4) by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Ben Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Paris, France 
Language: English 
3. Reincarnations, Op. 16 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Ben Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Language: English 
4. To be sung upon the water, Op. 42 no 2 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Ben Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Language: English 
5. Heaven-Haven (A Nun Takes the Veil) by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Ben Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 
Language: English 
6. Let Down the Bars, O Death, Op. 8 no 2 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Ben Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; USA 
Language: English 
7. The Virgin Martyrs, Op. 8 no 1 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Ben Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; USA 
Language: English 
8. Agnus Dei, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Ben Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Language: Latin 

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