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Choral Concert: Grant Park Chorus - BETINIS, A. / KESSELMAN, L. / WHITACRE, E. (Songs of Smaller Creatures and Other American Choral Works)

Artist(s) Grant Park Chorus, Choir • Bell, Christopher, Conductor
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - Secular
Catalogue CDR90000-131
Label Cedille
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 16.99



Review By Lisa Flynn,WFMT (Chicago),December 2012

The Best Classical Recordings of 2012

Celebrating its 50th season in 2012, Chicago’s Grant Park Chorus conducted by Christopher Bell, made its a cappella CD debut with an all-American program of eight imaginative, moving, and sometimes whimsical works written between 1975 and 2005, including four world premieres. © 2012 WFMT (Chicago)

Review By Donald Rosenberg,Gramophone,October 2012

The Grant Park choristers, led by Christopher Bell, sing everything with cohesive precision and a spectrum of vocal colours. The performances were recorded in concert in Chicago’s Millennium Park, but the minimal noise suggests that the audience was glued to every lyrical or zany phrase. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Review By Mia Clarke,Time Out Chicago,July 2012

The concept of Songs of Smaller Creatures hinges on explorations of nature and love, from Betinis’s humorous tone poem about a lively bee to Garrop’s setting of 16 love sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay. While the pastoral pieces flow as naturally as the organic cyclic rhythms they explore, the high point of the CD is the quality of the recording itself. Captured inside the Harris Theater under the guidance of chorus director Christopher Bell, Smaller Creatures gives the listeners the opportunity to hear the group in full exposure, without the accompaniment of an orchestra. From large-scale chorus to solitary soloist, Smaller Creatures is further proof of the GPC’s ability to pack a serious vocal punch. © 2012 Time Out Chicago


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