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Randall Thompson - Ye Shall Have A Song / Leo Nestor


Release Date: 10/24/2006 
Label:  Arsis   Catalog #: 103   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Randall Thompson
Conductor:  Leo Nestor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Repertory Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this his centennial year, we are pleased to bring you the second release this year devoted to Randall Thompson's choral music. Indeed, we feel you can never have enough recordings of this wonderful American composer's choral music. On this disc, The American Repertory Singers under the direction of Leo Nester perform, with professional sensitivity, a collection of works that date from 1922 (when Thompson was twenty-three years old) to 1970 (when the bulk of his choral music had already been written). Starting with his early masterpiece, The Peaceable Kingdom, this offering then leaps to his last style represented by Bittersweet from 1970. There then follows a series of songs which go backwards in chronological order (with but one Read more exception) to the earliest work, The Last Invocation, composed in 1922. As a listening experience, this proves to be a revelation of the creative obsession, in its various stages, which Thompson had with the vocal medium. A key to the premise that Thompson adopted in writing music is to be found in his view that "a composer's first responsibility is, and always will be, to write music that will reach and move the hearts of his listeners in his own day." To realize this, he drew on two sources: first, his love of the contrapuntal and textural procedures of the 16th century - Palestrina, Lassus and their contemporaries; second, his conviction that inspiration springs from "our own genuine musical heritage in its every manifestation, every inflexion, every living example." The fusion of these two sources, the music of America and that of the Renaissance, is best found in the first selection, The Peaceable Kingdom. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Herbert Songs (2): no 1, Bitter-Sweet by Randall Thompson
Conductor:  Leo Nestor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Repertory Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Language: English 
2. The Best of Rooms by Randall Thompson
Conductor:  Leo Nestor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Repertory Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
Language: English 
3. Alleluia by Randall Thompson
Conductor:  Leo Nestor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Repertory Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
4. Odes of Horace by Randall Thompson
Conductor:  Leo Nestor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Repertory Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
5. Last Invocation by Randall Thompson
Conductor:  Leo Nestor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Repertory Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
6. The Peaceable Kingdom by Randall Thompson
Conductor:  Leo Nestor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Repertory Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Language: English 

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