CD145 My Spirit Sang All Day...
My Spirit Sang All Day...
Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, NC
Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham
Rodney Wynkoop, conductor
Jane Lynch, accompanist
Rebecca Troxler, flute
Gerald Finzi: My Spirit Sang All Day
|2.||John Rutter: Musica Dei donum|
John Rutter: Hymn to the Creator of Light
|4.||Dan Locklair: Create in Me a Clean Heart|
Dan Locklair: Pater noster
|6.||Howard Hanson: A Prayer of the Middle Ages|
René Clausen: Ubi caritas
|8.||Egil Hovland: How Long, O Lord?|
Edwin Fissinger: By the Waters of Babylon
|10.||Donald McCullough: Is Not a Flower a Mystery?|
Zoltán Kodály: Too Late
|12.||Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei|
Sven Lekberg: Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
--Koob, American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2004
The Composers in Brief
Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) was born in London, England, studied privately in Harrogate and York, and later moved to Gloucestershire. He taught at the Royal Academy of Music, was a close friend of Vaughan Williams (who premiered Finzi's Violin Concerto). His many orchestral and choral works are notable for their connection to the English countryside and folk traditions.
John Rutter (b. 1945) born in London, is one of England's most prolific living composers. Trained at Clare College, Cambridge University (where he later became director of the chapel music), he is the founder of the Cambridge Singers who have splendidly recorded most of his choral works. He is a frequent guest conductor and choral clinician.
Dan Locklair (b. 1949) is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and continues to live in Winston-Salem where he is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University. Having been trained first as an organist and church musician, his organ and choral works have been received warmly and performed regularly throughout the United States. He also writes works for orchestra, voice, and chamber ensembles.
Howard Hanson (1896-1981) born in Yahoo, Iowa, was educated at Luther College in Wahoo, Nebraska, the Institute of Musical Arts, New York, and at Northwestern University. After teaching at the College of the Pacific, he became director of the Eastman School of Music in 1924 until his retirement in 1974. His orchestral works have been played by every major orchestra in the United States and Europe. His works, conservatively crafted, influenced a generation of American composers.
René Clausen (b. 1953) has presided over the choral program at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota since 1986. Active as a composer, conductor, and educator, his compositions include works for stage, solo voice, film and video, orchestra, and choral/orchesral arrangements. His choirs are regularly featured on PBS televison during the Christmas season.
Egil Hovland (b. 1924) is one of Norway's most productive composers. Graduated as a church musician from the Oslo Conservatoire, he has held for many years the post of director of music at the church og Glemmen in Fredrikstad, Norway. He studied composition with Vagn Holmboe in Copenhagen, Aaron Copland at Tanglewood, and Luigi Dallapiccola in Florence. He has won several significant musical awards and in 1983 was made a Knight of the Royal Order of Saint Olav in recognition of his services as composer and performer to Norwegian music.
Edwin Fissinger (1920-1990), a native of Rockford, Illinois, was educated at Marquette University, and (after servcie in the Army Air Force during WWII) the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. After a short stint as director of choral activiites at the University of Illinois Circle Campus, Chicago, he became chairman of the music department at North Dakota State University, where he conducted the concert choir until his retirement in 1985. The mystical quality of much of his choral writing is attracting significant current popularity.
Donald McCullough (b. 1957) is currently music director of the Master Chorale of Washington, D.C. Prior to 1996 he was founder and director of the McCullough Chorale, Virginia's only fully professional choral ensemble, and also of the Virginia Symphony Chorus. He is an active composer and holds degrees from Stetson University and Southern Methodist University.
Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) is perhaps as well known for his collaboration with Bartok in collecting the folk music of his native Hungary as for his many compositions in all genres. Educated at the Franz Liszt Academy and at the University of Hungary, where he earned a degree in Hungarian, German, and later a doctorate in linguistics, Kodály was also very involved in the music education of children.
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) is one of America's best known symphonic and operatic composers. Having won a Pulitzer Prize for his opera Vanessa, he was commissioned to write Antony and Cleopatra to open the new Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. His intensely lyrical Adagio for Strings (itself a transcription from an earlier string quartet movement) is heard on this CD in Barber's own choral transcription. It has become perhaps his most recognizable composition because of it's use in both concerts and films (Platoon, The Elephant Man, El Norte, and Lorenzo's Oil).
Sven Lekberg (1899-1984) spent most of his career as professor of music at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. His modest output of choral works have remained constant in the repertory of America's college and church choirs.
1. My Spirit Sang All Day
My spirit sang all day O my joy.
My heart an echo caught O my joy,
My eyesgan peer around, O my joy
My jealous ears grew whist; O my joy,
She also came and heard; O my joy,
And I replied, O see, O my joy,
-Words: Robert Bridges (1844-1930)
2. Musica Dei donum
Musica Dei donum optimi
Music, the gift of the supreme God,
-Text known only from the musical setting by Orlando de Lassus, published 1594
-Music:© Oxford University Press
|3. Hymn to the Creator of Light||
Glory be to thee, O Lord, glory be to thee,
-Words: Lancelot Andrewew (1555-1626); trans. Alexander Whyte (1836-1921)
|4. Create In Me a Clean Heart||
Crreate in Me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit witin me.
-Words: Psalm 51: 10-13
5. Pater noster
Pater noster, qui es in cœlis,
Our father, who art in heaven,
-Words: Matthew 6: 9-13
|6. A Prayer of the Middle Ages||
We declare unto all the ages as the greatest marvel,
Words: 8th century; tr. James Francis Cooke (1875-1960)
7. Ubi caritas
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur:
Simul quoque cum beatis videamus
Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ's love has gathered us into one.
As we are gathered into one body:
And may we also with the saints
-Words: antiphon for Holy Thursday
|8. How long, O Lord?||Egil Hovland|
How long, O Lord, will you forget me, fo ever?
-Words from Psalm 13
|9. By the Waters of Babylon||Edwin Fissinger|
By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept.
-Words: Psalm 137: 1-4
|10. Is Not a Flower a Mystery?||Donald McCullough|
Is not a flower a mystery no flower can explain?
-Words: Chaim Stern (1931-2002)
|11. Too Late||Zoltán Kodály|
We always, everywhere, come too late,
Unready are we when we must die,
We always, everywhere come too late,
-Words: Endre Ady (1877-1919), tr. Elisabeth M. Lockwood
|12. Agnus Dei||Samuel Barber|
|Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona nobis pacem.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of
-Words from The Ordinary of the Mass
13. Let All the World in Every Corner Sing Sven Lekberg
Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King.
The heavens are not too high, his praise may thither fly.
The church with psalms must shout, no door can keep them out.
My God and King, let all the world in every corner sing. Amen.
-Words: George Herbert (1593-1632)
Rodney Wyncoop is Director of University Choral Music and Director of Chapel Music at Duke University, where he is Professor of the Practice of Music. In addition to regularly conducting the Duke University Chorale, the Duke Chapel Choir, the Choral Society of Durham, and the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, he teaches choral conducting at Duke and has directed conducting workshops across the state.
His appearances abroad include a summer as guest conductor of a professional civic chorus in Brazil, tours of Russia, South Africa, and Nambia with the Triangle Choral Exchange, and tours with the Duke University Chorale and Chapel Choir to England, Wales, Italy, Vienna, Eastern Europe, and China. Three of his choirs (the Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Choral Society of Durham, and the Duke Chapel Choir) have been invited to perform at the Southern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
Dr. Wynkoop's work with choruses in North Carolina's Triangle region has earned him critical acclaim for artistic excellence and innovative programming. He has been honored by the Raleigh News & Observer and other area newspapers for artistic accomplishments and by the Durham Arts Council for his contributions in promoting the careers of local singers and composers. In 2002, he received the Lara Hoggard Award for Distinguished Service in Choral Music in North Carolina, presented by the NC-ACDA.
Dr. Wynkoop has conducted the world premieres of a number of works, including works by Mendelssohn and Ives. Choirs under his direction have released numerous CD recordings, including two recordings of Handel's Messiah by the Duke Chapel Choir, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, and Rachmaninoff's Vespers. His most recent recording on the ARSIS label is Rutter's Requiem and Vierne's Solemn Mass, with the Duke Chapel Choir.
The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham
The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham was founded in 1996 by Rodney Wynkoop to provide superior choral performance opportunities for outstanding singers in North Carolina's Triangle region (Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh). The Ensemble is committed to excellence in presenting masterpieces of choral music. Its 32 members are selected mainly from among musicians who have sung in other choral groups under Dr. Wynkoop's direction. In their professional lives, these singers are engaged in a variety of occupations, including music teacher, church musician, doctor, attorney, accountant, scientist, writer, and student. The Ensemble's mostly a cappella repertoire ranges from Renaissance to the present and has included such diverse and challenging works as Tallis's Spem in alium, Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden, Martin's Messe, Penderecki's Agnus Dei, Orbán's Stabat Mater, and MacMillan's Cantos Sagrados.
In additon to presenting its own concerts, the Ensemble has performed regularly as part of Duke University's Summer Festival of the Arts. Dr. Wynkoop and the Ensemble have been honored with two invitations to perform at the Southern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), in 2000 and 2004, and they appeared at the NC-ACDA Fall Conference in 2002. The choir also has performed with Durham's Mallarmé's Chamber Players, on the WUNC-FM Composers-in-Context Series, and at Hinshaw's Music's annual Celebration.
THE VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE OF DURHAM
Rodney Wynkoop, conductor
Jane Lynch, accompanist
Rebecca Troxler, flute
Elaine A. Brown
Elisa L. Eberhardt*
Megan M. Gray
Leigh Joyner Wyncoop
Katherine Thomas York
Robert A. Bearden
Richard R. Hawkins
Wade N. Henderson*
Ben Myers Richards II*
Sidney Marquez Boquiren
Mark A. Brown
D. Thomas Jaynes
James C. Ray*
|+ = 2001 sessions only
* = 2002 sessions only
# = soloist, tracks 9, 12
^ = narrator, track 9
- Recorded in Duke University Chapel, Durham, North Carolina, November 15-16, 2001 and October 19-20, 2002 by VoChor Digital Recording
- Recording engineers: Collin j. McKinney, Robert L. Musser, VoChor Digital recording, a division of VoChor, Inc., Durham, North Carolina, www.vochor.com
- Production: Rodney Wynkoop, Robert Schuneman
- Editing and mastering: Robert Schuneman, ARSIS Audio, Boston, Massachusetts
- Cover art: "Singing Man" 1928 sculpture by Ernst Barlach (1870-1938), courtesy of Museum of Modern Art, New York. Reproduction © MoMA, N.Y. 2002, reproduced by permission of SCALA/art Resources.