Sing Wearing the Sky / Rinsema, Kantorei

Release Date: 8/14/2020
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8559892
Composer: Jake Runestad
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kantorei
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The prolific young composer Jake Runestad has won numerous awards for his music, which ranges from opera to works for chamber ensemble. He is particularly valued for his choral compositions which exemplify a desire to write expertly crafted, socially conscious and emotionally potent music. On this album, Runestad explores a profound sea/life journey in The Secret of the Sea, and projects a powerful expression of grief in Let My Love Be Heard. Nature is a recurring theme for the composer and he employs texts that exalt the natural world, as well as finding seldom heard sound combinations in the exhilarating Ner Ner. Jake Runestad is one of the youngest composers ever awarded the Raymond W. Brock Commission from the American Choral Directors Association in 2018- the foremost commission available to composers of choral music in the USA. He is considered ‘one of the best of the younger American composers’ (Chicago Tribune) and this is only the second album of his music to be issued.

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REVIEW:

Each of these 10 works by Jake Runestad, written between 2006 and 2018, has a similar reverence for texts that touch deeply but gently on human issues and benefit from his imaginatively varied toolkit of resources. That he writes well for singers is enthusiastically proved by the all-volunteer Denver-based Kantorei choral ensemble and eight instrumentalists, and some fullblooded recordings.

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Works on This Recording
1. The Secret of the Sea by Jake Runestad
Performer: Christine Short (Violin), Sarah Whitnah (Violin), Brightin Schlumpf (Viola), Trevor Minton (Cello), Jeremy Nicholas (Double Bass), Rachel Hargroder (Percussion), Mac Merchant (Piano)
Conductor: Joel Rinsema
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kantorei
2. Alleluia by Jake Runestad
Conductor: Joel Rinsema
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kantorei
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2014 ; United States
3. Let My Love Be Heard by Jake Runestad
Conductor: Joel Rinsema
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kantorei
Period: Contemporary
4. Sing, Wearing the Sky by Jake Runestad
Performer: Mac Merchant (Piano), Rachel Hargroder (Percussion), Sarah Whitnah (Violin), Kali Paguirigan (Mezzo-Soprano)
Conductor: Joel Rinsema
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kantorei
5. Live the Questions by Jake Runestad
Conductor: Joel Rinsema
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kantorei
6. We Can Mend the Sky by Jake Runestad
Performer: Rachel Hargroder (Percussion), Juli Orlandini (Soprano)
Conductor: Joel Rinsema
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kantorei
7. Fear Not, Dear Friend, for soprano, chorus & piano by Jake Runestad
Performer: Sara Michael (Soprano)
Conductor: Joel Rinsema
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kantorei
Period: Contemporary
8. Proud Music of the Storm by Jake Runestad
Performer: Mac Merchant (Piano)
Conductor: Joel Rinsema
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kantorei
9. I Will Lift Mine Eyes, for chorus by Jake Runestad
Conductor: Joel Rinsema
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kantorei
Period: Contemporary
10. Ner Ner by Jake Runestad
Conductor: Jake Runestad
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kantorei
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