In barely a decade of existence, Merton College's new choral foundation has ambitiously redefined the choral landscape of the great university city of Oxford through it's twin commitment to excellence & innovation. Now, focusing entirely on American music of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, this latest in a series of thematically conceived recordings begins as a striking 'double portrait' of two composers who have written or arranged works especially for the choir. David Lang's austere choral postminimalism, informed by a background of Jewish liturgy and thought, provides a striking foil to Nico Muhly's more richly referential approach; Muhly fell in love with the Anglican tradition as a young chorister in Rhode Island. Two solo organ works by Muhly, and a transcription from his mentor Philip Glass's opera Satyagraha, widen the expressive gamut still further - from whimsical allusiveness to meditative calm - and are set in context alongside the more stylistically eclectic yet no less powerfully communicative sound-worlds of Libby Larsen and Abbie Betinis. Two choral items draw on pre-existing traditions of the spiritual and the Baptist hymnal in moving demonstration of the New World's ability to honor it's past while gazing ahead.
In barely a decade of existence, Merton College's new choral foundation has ambitiously redefined the choral landscape of the great university city of Oxford through it's twin commitment to excellence & innovation. Now, focusing entirely on American music of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, this latest in a series of thematically conceived recordings begins as a striking 'double portrait' of two composers who have written or arranged works especially for the choir. David Lang's austere choral postminimalism, informed by a background of Jewish liturgy and thought, provides a striking foil to Nico Muhly's more richly referential approach; Muhly fell in love with the Anglican tradition as a young chorister in Rhode Island. Two solo organ works by Muhly, and a transcription from his mentor Philip Glass's opera Satyagraha, widen the expressive gamut still further - from whimsical allusiveness to meditative calm - and are set in context alongside the more stylistically eclectic yet no less powerfully communicative sound-worlds of Libby Larsen and Abbie Betinis. Two choral items draw on pre-existing traditions of the spiritual and the Baptist hymnal in moving demonstration of the New World's ability to honor it's past while gazing ahead.
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Format: CD
Label: DELPHIAN
Rel. Date: 05/22/2020
UPC: 801918342325

Sleeper's Prayer
Artist: Sleepers Prayer / Various
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In barely a decade of existence, Merton College's new choral foundation has ambitiously redefined the choral landscape of the great university city of Oxford through it's twin commitment to excellence & innovation. Now, focusing entirely on American music of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, this latest in a series of thematically conceived recordings begins as a striking 'double portrait' of two composers who have written or arranged works especially for the choir. David Lang's austere choral postminimalism, informed by a background of Jewish liturgy and thought, provides a striking foil to Nico Muhly's more richly referential approach; Muhly fell in love with the Anglican tradition as a young chorister in Rhode Island. Two solo organ works by Muhly, and a transcription from his mentor Philip Glass's opera Satyagraha, widen the expressive gamut still further - from whimsical allusiveness to meditative calm - and are set in context alongside the more stylistically eclectic yet no less powerfully communicative sound-worlds of Libby Larsen and Abbie Betinis. Two choral items draw on pre-existing traditions of the spiritual and the Baptist hymnal in moving demonstration of the New World's ability to honor it's past while gazing ahead.