REFLECTIONS OF THE HEART • Giovanni De Chiaro, cond; Carlow Choir • CENTAUR CRC 3010 (57:42)
Choral music by HAAS, LANTZ, LIGHT/TATE, COURTNEY/RED, BARRY/MURDEN, DENGLER, HOPSON, STANTON, DUBOIS, BOYCE, WARNER, TATE, TRUE, ROBERTS
This program by the Carlow Choir introduces music aimed at the average, non-professional, church choir, much of it here with additional arrangements by the conductor. The music is harmonically straightforward and melodic without everRead more reaching for the big tune or the harmonic surprise, and the accompaniments mostly have rolling bass piano chords, to which Giovanni De Chiaro occasionally adds strings. Though not always simple, the music is limited in its musical demands on performer and listener alike and is, as the title of the disc suggests, reflective.
Of the 15 pieces here, the ones I found the most attractive were Hal H. Hopson’s I Lift My Eyes: Psalm 121, a Gloria by Jim Stanton, and the lightly syncopated This Is the Day by Leon C. Roberts. The odd piece out is the canonic Alleluia by William Boyce, whose Georgian strains have been tempered in an arrangement by Richard Proulx, further arranged by De Chiaro.
No texts are provided and, while the words are often clear, they are not always so, and it can be hard to tell what their drift is, apart from clues derived from the title. This comes about, in part, by the fact that this is a very large choir of amateurs (124 listed in the booklet) with limited rehearsal time and, in part, because the recording itself is rather boxy. One cannot come to this performance expecting anything like, say, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, to name another of this size. It pretends to be nothing other than what it is, a non-professional ensemble committed to expressing common human aspirations for itself and others.
This Is The Dayby Leon C. Roberts Conductor:
Giovanni De Chiaro
The Carlow Choir
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The Joy and Blessing of DedicationJune 1, 2017By Patricia V. (HATTIESBURG, MS)See All My Reviews"Giovanni (John) deChiaro blessed me as a Choir Member performing for you on this CD. He was Music Director, Arranger, Performer, Choirmaster,and Recording Agent for 60 men and women from Alexandria, LA and 60 men and women from Hattiesburg, MS. Each group practiced in our own home towns weekly and joined together one hour for practice before a performance. Giovanni's (John's )only requirement to join the Choir was to be able to sing, 'Happy Birthday'. That resulted in a rag-tag group from amateur to professional. The Choir formed shortly after my husband's death and I truly do not know how I would have lived in my grief without the opportunity to pour my heart out in these touching Anthems week after week. As it had each week in practice, when we toured Italy and we 'cracked the rafters' in the Church in Assisi, I offered to God my Thanksgiving for all my blessings of husband, family , faith, choir, and the gift of music. Giovanni (John) loved each of us and all of us so much in this venture that we believed we would be at the top of the charts. Find the lyrics online and sing along with us. 'Crack the rafters' of your heart with Joy."Report Abuse