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Copland & Thomson: Sacred & Secular Choral Music / Patterson, Gloriae Dei Cantores


Release Date: 11/01/1998 
Label:  Paraclete Recordings   Catalog #: 3347   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandVirgil Thomson
Performer:  Luretta BybeeDavid ChalmersJames E. Jordan Jr.Luke Norman,   ... 
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei CantoresGloriae Dei Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Elizabeth Patterson and her Gloriae Dei Cantores continue to produce recordings featuring interesting, often neglected repertoire performed with great style and polish. The Copland pieces that open the program have been well served on CD, although the American Songs are better known in their solo versions than in their choral arrangements. On the other hand, Virgil Thomson's vocal music remains largely underperformed and underappreciated, and the pieces on this disc are most welcome. The range of Thomson's choral writing is nicely demonstrated by the contrast of the direct, unmistakably American sound of the Hymns from the Old South with the terse, dissonant minimalism of the Mass for Two-Part Chorus and Read more Percussion from 1934. The latter, a consistently imaginative piece for women's voices, could have been written yesterday. It is brief- the Agnus Dei lasts barely over a minute but it contains many striking moments, including a surprisingly simple and original setting of the words 'Et homo factus est' and a brilliantly calculated emphasis on the final 'dona nobis pacem.' Patterson is a fine conductor- the motets and the hymns in particular flow effortlessly and the choir is beautifully prepared. They have excellent diction, good intonation, and an attractive, versatile sound. Despite its difficulties, In the Beginning is sung with enthusiasm and confidence. Mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee...delivers the text in a largely straightforward and communicative manner. Still, it is the Thomson pieces that stand out here, and one would hope that Patterson and her talented singers might give us more."
—Richard Burke, Fanfare

"A good, solid release...Best of all are the Hymns from the Old South, which are elegant but never lose their bright simplicity. Green Fields may be the loveliest hymn I've ever heard."
—Philip Greenfield, American Record Guide

"Copland's unaccompanied In the Beginning is a glorious work of notorious difficulty, and it receives an excellent performance from the Gloriae Dei Cantores with mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee. Balance between soloist and chorus is very fine, and intonation and diction are commendable."
—Victor Hill, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians
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Works on This Recording

1.
In the Beginning by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Luretta Bybee (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 16 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Old American Songs, Set 2: At the River by Aaron Copland
Performer:  David Chalmers (Piano), James E. Jordan Jr. (Piano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Raymond Wilding-White. 
3.
Old American Songs, Set 2: Zion's Walls by Aaron Copland
Performer:  David Chalmers (Piano), James E. Jordan Jr. (Piano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Glenn Koponen. 
4.
Old American Songs, Set 1: The Boatmen's Dance by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Luke Norman (Baritone), James E. Jordan Jr. (Piano), David Chalmers (Piano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Irving Fine. 
5.
Old American Songs, Set 2: Ching-a-ring Chaw by Aaron Copland
Performer:  David Chalmers (Piano), James E. Jordan Jr. (Piano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Irving Fine. 
6.
Old American Songs, Set 1: Simple Gifts by Aaron Copland
Performer:  David Chalmers (Piano), James E. Jordan Jr. (Piano)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Irving Fine. 
7.
Motets (4) by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 9 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Hymns from the Old South by Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 10 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Mass by Virgil Thomson
Performer:  David Ortolani (Percussion)
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 9 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Greek and Latin. 
10.
Tribulationes civitatum by Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
De profundis by Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
When I survey the bright celestial sphere by Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores,  Gloriae Dei Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Scott Wheeler. 

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