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WACHNER, J.: Choral Music, Vol. 1 (Elora Festival Singers, N. Edison)

Composer(s):Wachner, Julian
Artist(s) Elora Festival Singers, Choir • Edison, Noel, Conductor • Bloss, Michael, organ
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - Secular
Catalogue 8.559607
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Julian Wachner’s music has been described as ‘bold and atmospheric’ (The New York Times), ‘jazzy, energetic, and ingenious’ (Boston Globe), and ‘highly enjoyable, touching, clever, and inspiring’ (Deseret News). As the composer has written: ‘I have found equal inspiration from strict form or unbridled chaos; tonality, modality or post-tonality; and lyricism, pointillism or minimalism—I find it crucial to have as sweeping a palette of creative possibilities at my disposal as possible…The challenge therefore, is to ride this wave of self-proclaimed eclecticism with sincerity, individuality and spontaneity, writing music that speaks to the human condition.’


   



Those who can, do
Review By JD88992,December 2010

Julian Wachner-- a composer, conductor, and teacher is the new director of music and the arts at New York City's famed Trinity Church. Judging by this disc, and a concert I saw him conduct, it was a fine choice.

Volume one of his "complete" choral music mixes the sacred and the secular; some pieces are with organ, some unaccompanied. Wachner can do it all: very contemporary rhythms and sounds might be followed with a page of lush romantic music, or in his sacred works he can fit right into the great Anglican tradition (check track 12, a wonderful hymn tune with a somewhat surprising descant). Maybe a future installment will be sung by the Trinity choir, which has already been recorded for Naxos.

Meanwhile, the Elora Festival Singers do an excellent job on a more....







 

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