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- Twelfth night, To be sung on the water, The virgin martyrs, Let down the bars, O death, Reincarnations,
A stopwatch and an ordnance map, Sure on this shining night, Agnus Dei Op.11; BARBER-KYR: The Lovers*,
Samuel Barber’s lyrical melodies and unabashed romanticism have earned him a cherished place in the pantheon of 20th-century composers. Recorded here are some of Barber’s finest works for choir (including the beloved 'Agnus Dei') alongside 2 world premières: a new version for chamber chorus and orchestra of Barber’s anguished work 'The Lovers' on poetry by Pablo Neruda, and a new version of 'Easter Chorale', which were both made by Robert Kyr for Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare.
From its 1991 origins as a summer classical music festival in Austin, Texas, Conspirare has evolved into an internationally recognised, professional choral organisation known for outstanding vocal artistry and innovative programming. Led by founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare comprises a professional chamber choir, a highly skilled volunteer Symphonic Choir, and an outstanding youth choir.
Conspirare’s critically acclaimed releases on the harmonia mundi label have earned copious praise. 'Threshold of Night' (2008) in particular, featured music by Tarik O’Regan and was nominated for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album at the Grammys.
“You would have to search long and hard to find a choral group which sings with such precision and poise as the Company of Voices directed by Craig Hella Johnson” International Record Review
HMU807518 Requiem ****
"In the hands of the 34-voice professional Texan choir Conspirare, it sounds a work of infinite tenderness, creating an effect like a cushioned, silken, compassionate embrace." Irish Times, 31 July 2009
HMU807490 Tarik O'Regan Threshold Of Night
"The success of these works is due in no small part to the technical and interpretational skills of Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson and the Company of Voices. Their performance is ravishing throughout, and one can only hope that their partnership with O'Regan continues"
Charlotte Gardner, BBC Interactive, 25 September 2008
“Conspirare is one of America’s leading vocal ensembles, and it’s easy to hear why in these superb performances…exceptionally well-recorded and presented release.” International Record Review
Craig Hella Johnson
Company of Voices
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
*with David Farwing, baritone, & Chamber Orchestra
- 1 SACD - 1h 19mn 44s
release date. 2012-10-01
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