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Thea Musgrave: Choral Works / Rosenbaum, Et Al


Release Date: 01/25/2005 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9161   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thea Musgrave
Performer:  Michael YorkWalter HilseRex BenincasaRichard Fitz
Conductor:  Harold Rosenbaum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Virtuoso Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"For the Time Being: Advent" (1986) for unaccompanied chorus and narrator, with Michael York, narrator; "Black Tambourine" (1986) for women's voices, piano and percussion; with Walter Hilse, piano; Richard Fitz, percussion; "John Cook" (1963) for unaccompanied chorus; "On the Underground, Set #1: On gratitude, love and madness" (1994); "On the Underground, Set #2: The Strange and Exotic" (1994); "On the Underground, Set #3: A Medieval Summer" (1994) for unaccompanied chorus.
DDD TT: 72:29

This CD presents a tribute to Thea Musgrave on the occasion of her 75th birthday. While a scholarship student of Nadia Boulanger, Scottish-born Musgrave was the winner of the
Read more Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize, and has since gone on to win numerous awards and honors. Her works have been widely performed in Britain, Europe and the USA. Musgrave is active as a conductor of her own music, and has worked with most of the major British and American orchestras. The New York Virtuoso Singers, arguably America's finest ‘new music' chorus, are heard in this loving tribute to Musgrave.

The CD opens with a major Musgrave work–the 26 minute long "For the Time Being: Advent", based on W.H. Auden's poem "For the Time Being" (pub. 1945), a work of self-questioning in time of war and at a time of loss. This work is a tour de force, not only for its huge variety of vocal textures, but also for the manner in which Musgrave sustains, over its entire length, the sombre intensity of Auden's vision. British film star Michael York is the narrator on this recording. "Black Tambourine", on six poems of Hart Crane, is performed as a continuous 18 minute span. The cycle captures the wide range of moods of the poetry, from the madrigal-like trio of ‘Pastoral' to the tinkling salon piano of "My Grandmother's Love Letters". The CD also includes three delightful cycles taken from the anthology "Poems on the Underground"–a series of madrigal-like works setting poems that were exhibited in the trains of the London Underground.
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Works on This Recording

1. For the time being: Advent by Thea Musgrave
Performer:  Michael York (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Harold Rosenbaum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Virtuoso Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986 
Venue:  Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 
Length: 26 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC (06/01/2002 - 06/03/2002) 
2. Black Tambourine by Thea Musgrave
Performer:  Walter Hilse (Piano), Rex Benincasa (Percussion), Richard Fitz (Percussion)
Conductor:  Harold Rosenbaum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Virtuoso Singers
Written: 1986 
Venue:  Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 
Length: 18 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC (06/01/2002 - 06/03/2002) 
3. John Cook by Thea Musgrave
Conductor:  Harold Rosenbaum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Virtuoso Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Scotland 
Venue:  Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC (06/01/2002 - 06/03/2002) 
4. On the Underground, Set # 1: On gratitude, love and madness by Thea Musgrave
Conductor:  Harold Rosenbaum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Virtuoso Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Scotland 
Venue:  Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC (06/01/2002 - 06/03/2002) 
5. On the Underground, Set # 2: The Strange and Exotic by Thea Musgrave
Conductor:  Harold Rosenbaum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Virtuoso Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Scotland 
Venue:  Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC (06/01/2002 - 06/03/2002) 
6. On the Underground, Set # 3: A Medieval Summer by Thea Musgrave
Conductor:  Harold Rosenbaum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Virtuoso Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Scotland 
Venue:  Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC (06/01/2002 - 06/03/2002) 

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