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James Primosch: Sacred Songs / Narucki, Sharp, Kendall


Release Date: 03/11/2014 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9422   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  James Primosch
Performer:  Susan NaruckiWilliam Sharp
Conductor:  Christopher Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  21st Century Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A rare economy of means and a strain of religious mysticism distinguish the music of James Primosch...Through articulate, transparent textures, he creates a wide range of musical emotion." - American Academy of Arts and Letters

"A rare economy of means and a strain of religious mysticism distinguish the music of James Primosch...Through articulate, transparent textures, he creates a wide range of musical emotion." - American Academy of Arts and Letters

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Works on This Recording

1.
Dark the Star by James Primosch
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christopher Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  21st Century Consort
2.
Holy the Firm by James Primosch
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christopher Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  21st Century Consort
3.
Sacred Songs (4) by James Primosch
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christopher Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  21st Century Consort
4.
From a Book of Hours by James Primosch
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christopher Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  21st Century Consort

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fascinating blend of old and new April 29, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews ""Sacred Songs" these are, but they're not the comfortable platitudes of ordinary church music. James Primrosch draws from many sources to create works that are indeed deeply spiritual, often thought-provoking, and always demanding the listener's full attention. "From a Book of Hours," for example, is angular and aggressive, but with an almost retro-sounding atonality in some movements. The music matches the unsettled and conflicted musings of the narrator's relationship with God. By contrast, Four Sacred Songs is a more elegiac work, drawing on sacred music traditions of the past to create music that sounds both contemporary and timeless. "Dark the Star" has a somewhat mysterious air about it, especially as sung by William Sharp. Sharp seems to be holding back his dark, baritone voice, as if refraining from revealing too much. But his performance fits the dark, nocturnal nature of the work. The program concludes with Holy the Firm, a beautiful and lyrical solo cantata. The work's spacious sound and wide-open intervals remind me a little of Copland or Barber in spots. Soprano Susan Narucki has very expressive voice. It can have a rich, creamy sound in the lyrical passages, yet still develop a steely edge when necessary for the more dissonant sections. Christopher Kendall and the 21st Century consort are in top form. Of the four works on this album, only one was originally scored for chamber orchestra, and it's the only one whose chamber orchestra version wasn't premiered by the Consort. This ensemble knows these works intimately -- and it's apparent in their performances." Report Abuse
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