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Anthony Newman: Absolute Joy / Mary J Newman, Musica Antiqua

Release Date: 03/02/1999 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 327   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anthony Newman
Conductor:  Mary J. Newman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua New York
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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About Absolute Joy Anthony Newman writes: Absolute Joy was written over a period of ten months in 1996/97, using texts of the Jewish Bible, the New Testament, and the Book of Enoch. Conceived in three parts, the dramatic structure comprises angelic accounts in the Torah, texts dealing with the fallen angels, and messengers of the Most High in the Christian Bible. It also includes quotations from the English poets John Milton, William Shakespeare, and William Blake. The work was premiered at the Presbyterian Church, Mount Kisco, New York, as part of Mary Jane Newman's Candlelight Concert Series, on April 26, 1998 - with the same forces as appear on this recording. I have felt the presence of the Divine at crucial times in my life, in human Read more form and in more undefinable phenomena, what some might term angelic. I wanted to honor these great beings of light and power with Absolute Joy . I am also humbly dedicating this work to the memory of an angel of compassion, Mother Teresa of Calcutta." For three decades, Anthony Newman has been in the public eye as one of the country's leading keyboard players, and as a prodigiously active composer, conductor and recording artist. Mary Jane Newman's many talents as conductor, harpsichord and organ soloist are widely recognized in the U.S. and Europe. She made her New York debut in 1986 in Lincoln Center's prestigious Great Performers series at Alice Tully Hall. Read less

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Absolute Joy by Anthony Newman
Conductor:  Mary J. Newman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua New York
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Length: 72 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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