The second of this series of new American choral music from the Washington National Cathedral features the popular composer Stephen Caracciolo, whose works have been performed and broadcast by many groups nationwide, including Cantus. This is also the first recording of an elite new choral ensemble, Cathedra, based at the National Cathedral directed by Michael McCarthy.
An American living in England, D’Angelo’s compositional style also blends the influences of Debussy/Ravel, Holst and Prokofieff with the neoclassicism of Hindemith. The program consists of a Missa Brevis and Evensong settings, plus organ interludes and voluntaries played by Scott Dettra.
Gary Davison, a native of the Southwestern United States, has found favor with performers, critics and audiences alike for the idiomatic expression and freshness of voice in his writing. His primary focus is in the choral medium, for which he has earned recognition as one of North America’s leading composers in the refined Anglican choral tradition.