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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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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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

Works on This Recording

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. 

Sound Samples

Absolute Joy: Part I: Overture
Absolute Joy: Part I: On the first day God created angels to serve and glorify His majesty (Chorus)
Absolute Joy: Part I: Aria: The Hymn: At last surrounds their sight
Absolute Joy: Part I: Radiant and glorious is the throne of God (Chorus)
Absolute Joy: Part I: The angel appeared to Moses in the shape of a flame of fire, coming from the middle of a bush (Solo, Chorus)
Absolute Joy: Part I: Aria: How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Absolute Joy: Part I: Little cherubs made today bu God's command (Chorus)
Absolute Joy: Part I: Holy is God. His mercy is everlasting (Chorus)
Absolute Joy: Part II: Solo Aria: Rage: Rage! I will ascend above the heights of clouds
Absolute Joy: Part II: Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: dona eum gloriam
Absolute Joy: Part III: Christmas Celebration: Angel Hymn: Thou fair haired angel of the night, now while the sun sets on its light
Absolute Joy: Part III: Christmas Celebration: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus. Dominus Deus Sabbaoth (Chorus)
Absolute Joy: Part III: Christmas Celebration: Ave Maria, gratias plena, Dominus tecum
Absolute Joy: Part III: Hail so higly favored, the Lord is with thee (Chorus)
Absolute Joy: Part III: Solo Aria: Blow your trumpets angels
Absolute Joy: Part III: The Lamb is worthy to be given power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing (Chorus)

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