CD121 Echo in My Soul
Echo in My Soul
Northwest Girlchoir & Friends
Permanently Out of Print
|RANDALL THOMPSON (1899-1984)|
|The Place of the Blest|
|1.||Carol of the Rose|
|3.||The Place of the Blest|
|IMANT RAMINSH (b. 1943)|
|5.||Agnus Dei from Missa Brevis in C minor|
|RENÉ CLAUSEN (b. 1951)|
|7.||All That Hath Life and Breath|
|SIR EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934)|
|8.||The Snow, Opus 26, No. 1|
|MORTON LAURIDSEN (b. 1943)|
|9.||Dirait-on from Chansons des Roses|
|10.||Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One|
|GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937)|
|By George! A Medley of Love Songs by George and Ira Gershwin|
|11.|| Love Walked In
I've got a Crush on You
But Not for Me
The Man I Love
A Foggy Day (in London Town)
Our Love Is Here to Stay
“Carol of the Rose” from The Place of the Blest by Randall Thompson
--Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare, July/August 2000
Randall Thompson (1899-1984): The Place of the Blest
Cantata for Treble Voices and Chamber Orchestra performed by the Amore Choir in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Randall Thompson.
With a long and distinguished career of more than sixty years, Randall Thompson has frequently been called the "dean of American choral composers." He is credited with developing an American school of choral music composition, characterized by direct expression, clean sonorities and sophisticated voice-leading (the individual parts "sing" extraordinarily well) and harmonic structures. His particular style is known for its simultaneous use of traditional practices, such as sixteenth-century counter point, along with twentieth century techniques evidenced by harmonic freedom and frequently complicated pitch structures.
1999 not only marks the 100th anniversary of Randall Thompson's birth, but also the 30th anniversary of the first performance of The Place of the Blest. It was commissioned by St. Thomas Church, New York City, for the 50th anniversary of the founding of St. Thomas Choir School. It's four movements use texts typical of Thompson - two poems by Robert Herrick (1591-1674), an excerpt from a 12th century bestiary, and an extended meditation for his favorite word, "Alleluia." The scope and beauty of this work make The Place of the Blest the cornerstone of the American treble choir repertoire.
2. The Pelican
3. The Place of the Blest
4. Alleluia, Amen
Imant Raminsh (b. 1943): Agnus Dei from Missa Brevis in C Minor
Sung by the Amore Choir with soloist Clara Rottsolk and oboist Julienne Eby.
Imant Raminsh was born in 1943 in Latvia and came to Canada at age five. After completing his diploma in violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (1962) and a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto (1966), he went on to post-graduate work at the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In 1968 Raminsh established the music department at the College of New Caledonia, and one year later founded the New Caledonia Chamber Orchestra, which later grew into the Prince George Symphony. As a composer he is the recipient of many commissions and his works have been performed worldwide. He was awarded the National Choral Award of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors for his Magnificat in 1990, and his Veni, Sancte Spiritus in 1994.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us your peace. Amen.
--from the Ordinary of the Mass
Sung by the Amore Choir with soloists Larisa Peters and Brandon Ortmeyer, violinist Tom Dziekonski, and cellist Virginia Dziekonski.
Then suddenly, all unaware, far off in deep shadows,
And even as I marvelled how God gives us heaven here and now,
At last with evening as I turned homeward and through what I had learned
Back to the world with quick'ning start I looked and longed for any part
René Clausen (b. 1951), arr. Ronald R. Weiler II:
All That Hath Life and Breath, Praise Ye the Lord
Soloist: Elizabeth Frank
René Clausen, conductor of the Concordia Choir at Concordia college, Moorhead, Minnesota, is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He holds both the Master's degree and the Doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Illinois. Although best known as a choral conductor and composer of choral music, he also has composed video soundtracks, instrumental works, and solo vocal music, and maintains a strong interest in music for the stage.
All that hath life and breath, praise ye the Lord,
Shout to the Lord, Alleluia.
Praise the Lord with joyful song,
Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving, Alleluia!
Unto Thee, O Lord, have I made supplication,
And cried unto the rock of my salvation;
But thou hast heard my voice, and renewed my weary spirit.
Praise to the Lord,the Almighty, the king of creation.
oh my soul praise Him for he is thy health and salvation.
Praise him, Alleluia!
--Text adapted from portions of Psalms 61, 62, 150
and a portion of the hymn Lobe den Herren by Joachim Neander
Sir Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934): The Snow, Opus 26, No. 1
Sung by the Amore Choir with violinists Tom Dziekonski and Kyung Sun Tchee
O snow, which falls so slow
O snow, in thy soft grave
The snow must melt, must go,
O snow, thou'rt white no more,
Then as the snow all pure,
Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943): Dirait-on from les Chansons des Roses
Sung by the Ensemble and Alumnae in English
Abandon entouré d'abandon,
se caresse ensoi-même,
Abandon surrounding abandon,
Imant Raminsh: Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One
Sung by the Ensemble and Alumnae
O my love, who are in the clefts of the rock,
George (1898-1937) and Ira (1896-1983) Gershwin:
By George! A Medley of Love Songs
Arranged for the Northwest Girlchoir by Daniel Barry in celebration of the 100th anniversary of George Gershwin's birth.
1. Love Walked In
2. I've Got a Crush on You
3. Soon (Soloist: Larisa Peters)
4. But Not for Me (Sung by 1999 Seniors: Liz West, Mari Scanlon, Julia Buchans, Teresa Cartwright, Sarah Morris, Jane Bush.)
5. The Man I Love (Soloist: Kristen Bergsagel)
6. A Foggy Day (in London Town) (Soloist: Claire Wilmoth)
7. Our Love is Here to Stay
Daniel Barry arranged By George! A Medley of Love Songs by George and Ira Gershwin especially for the Northwest Girlchoir. It is a continuing exploration of the many moods of love, from the first exhileration of infatuation, through the inevitable despair of heartbreak and betrayal, to the final rediscovery of a true and lasting love. Moods are suggested and underlined by the orchestration, the shape of the vocal parts, even the density of the harmonic material. The universality of Gershwin's music is demonstrated by the many styles Barry employs. From ballad to swing to rhumba, even the inimitable Andrews Sisters get a nod.
Mr. Barry holds the MA and PhD degrees in music composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He currently works as a composer, arranger, performer, educator and publisher. His compositions include orchestral, choral, electoronic and chamber works, and he operates two companies that are very active in jazz ensemble repertoire. He is a faculty member of Music Works Northwest. He directs the Latin jazz ensemble "Red fish blue fish," and gigs as a free-lance trumpet player, adjudicator and clinician.
Rebecca J. Rottsolk
Northwest Girlchoir's national and international prominence is due in large part to Artisiic Director Rebecca Rottsolk, an accomplished soprano and respected music educator and conductor. Since 1982 Ms. Rottsolk and her colleagues have built a national model for performance-based music education - a choir where young women learn great music by singing and then sharing it in high-caliber performances. Ms. Rottsolk received the Bachelor of Music degree in vocal perforamance from St. Olaf College, continued vocal study at the University of Washington and received her master's degree from Pacific Lutheran University. She is the 1997 recipeint of the Washington State American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Award for Choral leadership, and she is the national chair for children's choirs for the ACDA. Ms. Rottsolk also is director of choirs at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in suburban Seattle.
Dwight Beckmeyer, accompanist for the Choir, is a doctoral candidate in piano performance at the University of Washington and is in demand as a soloist and a chamber musician in concerts throughout the Pacific Northwest. Also comfortable in popular styles of music, Mr. Beckmeyer is founder and keyboardist of the atonal rock group, "minus(minus)." He is also a respected teacher of piano. His remarkable talents allow the choir to perform repertoire ranging from classical to jazz.
From Figi to Finland, Benaroya Hall to Brazil, Northwest Girlchoir has been providing heartfelt, professional-quality choral music performances to local, national, and international audiences for over 26 years. It sets its sights high.
Northwest Girlchoir teaches and encourages young women ages 8-18 to use their voices to their best ability and to perform with award-winning style and skill. It nurtures a love of music in a fun and stimulating choral atmosphere. Most importantly, it builds each girl's self-esteem and confidence individually within a caring, dedicated, professional choral community. It is that community formed around the unique talents of each child, that is the heart of the Northwest Girlchoir. The choir has performed around the world, bringing home numerous presitigious awards and mountains of praise. "These young women possess a great depth of understanding and complexity rare in children's choirs," says Seattle Symphony conductor Gerard Schwartz.
Performing on this recording are 60 singers form the 1998-99 Amore Choir. On two selections, the 18-voice Ensemble from Amore choir is joined by five alumnae.
|Orchestra (* denotes solo woodwinds in
The Place of the Blest)
|Violin I||Tom Dziekonski
Kyung Sun Tchee
|Violin II||Aaron Radner
|Alto Sax||Dewey Marler|
|Amore Choir (* denotes Ensemble)|
Mary Ellen Johnson
|Alumnae (tracks 9 & 10)
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