Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Copland: Motets; Duruflé: Gregorian Motets; Tavener: Song for Athene; Etc.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Copland: Motets; Duruflé: Gregorian Motets; Tavener: Song for Athene; Etc.
Release Date:
2006
Duration:
54:11
Styles:
Choral
Album:
Copland: Motets; Duruflé: Gregorian Motets; Tavener: Song for Athene; Etc.
Genre:

While this is not the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus' first disc since new music director Norman Mackenzie took up his post -- recordings of Berlioz's Requiem and Vaughan Williams' "A Sea Symphony" preceded it -- it is their first acapella disc under his direction. It is in every way a lovely disc but it is in no way an outstanding disc. With Mackenzie, the ASOC has maintained its warm tone, its impeccable intonation and its superlative technique, and one would be hard put to name more polished or balanced performances of any of the works on this disc.

At the same time, however, the ASOC with Mackenzie lacks the fire and dedication they had with founder and previous musical director Robert Shaw. While the singers clearly believe in the music and the spiritual message behind the music, they seem more intent on satisfying the old listener than on compelling the new listener. Their performances are still models of musical and textural clarity but at no time does their singing reach out and grab the listener. Those who loved the old ASOC discs will find much to admire here.

Those coming fresh to the group might be less impressed.Telarc's early super audio sound is just as big but less hard edged than their early digital sound.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
O sacrum convivium!, for voices, I/18Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus3:15
Song for Athene, for chorusAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus6:22
Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor
I. KyrieAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus3:39
II. GloriaAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus4:14
III. CredoAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus6:34
IV. Sanctus-Benedictus: SanctusAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus1:47
IV. Sanctus-Benedictus: Osanna IAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus0:56
IV. Sanctus-Benedictus: BenedictusAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus1:50
IV. Sanctus-Benedictus: Osanna IIAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus0:33
V. Agnus DeiAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus4:13
Motets (4) on Gregorian Themes, for chorus, Op.10
Ubi caritasAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus2:22
Tota pulchra estAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus2:10
Tu es PetrusAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus0:47
Tantum ergoAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus2:28
Motets (4), for chorus
Help Us, O LordAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus2:20
Thou, O Jehovah, Abideth ForeverAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus2:27
Have Mercy on Us, O My LordAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus3:07
Sing Ye Praises to Our KingAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus1:55
O sacrum convivium (also set as "I call and cry to thee" and "O sacred and holy banquet"), motet for 5 voices, P. 210Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus3:12

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