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Argento - Walden Pond - The Dale Warland Singers As Water Ascends to the Clouds/Opus 7
Nominated for Best Choral Performance Grammy in 2003! Composer and librettist Dominick Argento is one of America's leading composers and among the most frequently performed 20th-century composers of opera. His chamber pieces as well have met with international acclaim. Argento has a long history of collaboration with the Dale Warland Singers; this new release features a world-premiere recording of the composer's Walden Pond, a song cycle based on text by Henry David Thoreau and scored for chorus, three cellos, and harp. William Hawley is a central figure in today's renaissance of American choral music.  His treatment of harmony and counterpoint helped to establish compositional trends that have since been adopted by other major figures such as Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre.

Winners of the American Prize and the Margaret Hillis Award, Choral Arts and Robert Bode make a musically persuasive case for the importance of Hawley's choral works.
Winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance! Opus 7 presents world-premier recordings from the innovative choral landscape of the Pacific Northwest. "They manage everything from earthy choral roars to icy, transparent purity. Needlepoint intonation and unearthly ensemble top the high heap of their choral strengths."—American Record Guide
Britten - War Requiem - Washington Chorus Shafer In Paradisum/South Dakota Chorale
Winner of Chorus America's coveted Margaret Hillis Award and the American Prize for choral performance, Choral Arts' newest release features the music of Eric Barnum in a program about the nature of love ant different times and situations of life. Winner of the Grammy® Award for Best Choral Performance! Recorded live at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The War Requiem was written in 1962 for the consecration of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral and was first performed there in May 1962. Coventry Cathedral had been destroyed during the Battle of Britain in World War II. The work received immediate critical acclaim and was hailed as a masterpiece. A life-long pacifist, Britten wrote his Requiem as a statement against the horrors of war. In it, he intersperses the traditional Latin Requiem texts with works by Wilfred Owen, a poet who died in battle in World War I. Winner: Grammy for Best Classical Producer, Blanton Alspaugh. In their debut recording, the South Dakota Chorale performs the rarely recorded “organ version” of Duruflé’s Requiem, using the French-influenced Bedient organ of First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls, SD.
Complete Organ Works of Jehan Titelouze / Bates (3 CDs!)
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Robert Bates plays the restored 1630 organ of Saint-Michel Church in Bolbec, France in this first recording of the complete organ works of Jehan Titelouze. Known as "the father of French organ music", Titelouze was organist of the cathedral in Rouen and was one of the earliest to publish organ music in France. This is the first recording of his complete organ works and his been awarded the prestigious German Music Critics Award: "Robert Bates peforms brilliantly on the  restored 1630 organ at Saint-Michel in the Norman Bolbec. The instrument offers ideal conditions for Titelouze’s great art of counterpoint, and Bates  skillfully and imaginatively exploits all these possibilities. The magnificent organ sound is captured full of rigour, poetry and depth by perfect recording technology revealing all dimensions of the Church space."
   
 
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