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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
This 2005 compilation draws on ten previous Telarc albums by Robert Shaw, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and highlights a cappella performances from the esteemed conductor's last decade. Since the program is largely sacred in nature, the album's tone is reverent and placid, with little contrast. "Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!" by Debussy, "Waldesnacht, Op. 62/3," and "Abendständchen, Op. 42/1," by Brahms provide a brief secular interlude, but their gentle madrigal quality is not too far removed from the soft murmuring of most of the religious works, and not enough of a change in mood or expression. The jubilant ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
This 2005 compilation draws on ten previous Telarc albums by Robert Shaw, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and highlights a cappella performances from the esteemed conductor's last decade. Since the program is largely sacred in nature, the album's tone is reverent and placid, with little contrast. "Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!" by Debussy, "Waldesnacht, Op. 62/3," and "Abendständchen, Op. 42/1," by Brahms provide a brief secular interlude, but their gentle madrigal quality is not too far removed from the soft murmuring of most of the religious works, and not enough of a change in mood or expression. The jubilant chorus "Vzbrannoy Voyevode" from Rachmaninov's "Vespers," three traditional spirituals, and "In a Garden Shady" by Britten are the liveliest selections, and Shaw and his ensemble lend them a buoyancy and vitality that are welcome and necessary to balance out the album. The somber liturgical works, such as "O vos omnes" by Victoria, "A New Commandment" by Tallis, Kopylov's "Heavenly Light," and the closing tracks, Verdi's "Ave Maria," Pärt's "Magnificat," and Martin's "Kyrie," give this CD its strong devotional character, but limit its usefulness as a sampler. Telarc's sound quality is full and resonant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408065620
  • Catalog Number: 80656
  • Sales rank: 30,968

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam, motet for 4 voices - Tomás Luis de Victoria & Anilda Carrasquillo (5:13)
  2. 2 A new commandment, anthem for 4 voices - Thomas Tallis & Anilda Carrasquillo (3:14)
  3. 3 Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence, for chorus, FP 97: Vinea mea electa - Francis Poulenc & Anilda Carrasquillo (3:48)
  4. 4 Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël, for chorus, FP 152: Videntes stellam - Francis Poulenc & Anilda Carrasquillo (2:54)
  5. 5 Chansons de Charles d'Orléans (3), song cycle for chorus, L. 92: Dieu!...qu'il la fait bon regarder! - Claude Debussy & Anilda Carrasquillo (2:25)
  6. 6 Waldesnacht ("Waldesnacht, du wunderkühle"), for chorus, Op. 62/3 - Johannes Brahms & Anilda Carrasquillo (2:29)
  7. 7 Abendständchen ("Hör, es klagt die Flöte wieder"), for chorus, Op. 42/1 - Johannes Brahms & Clemens von Brentano (2:04)
  8. 8 Heavenly Light - Aleksandr Kopïlov & Anilda Carrasquillo (3:02)
  9. 9 Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37: Svete Tikyi (O Serene Light) - Sergey Rachmaninov & Anilda Carrasquillo (4:18)
  10. 10 Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37: Vzbrannoy Voyevode (Thanksgiving to the Mother of - Sergey Rachmaninov & Anilda Carrasquillo (1:49)
  11. 11 Ride On, King Jesus - Traditional Spiritual & Anilda Carrasquillo (2:14)
  12. 12 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Traditional Spiritual & Anilda Carrasquillo (4:55)
  13. 13 Same Train - Traditional & Anilda Carrasquillo (2:34)
  14. 14 Hymn to St. Cecilia, for chorus, Op. 27: Part I. In a Garden Shady - Benjamin Britten & Wystan Hugh Auden (3:07)
  15. 15 Sacred Pieces (4), for chorus & orchestra (Quattro pezzi sacri): Ave Maria - Giuseppe Verdi & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus (4:57)
  16. 16 Magnificat, for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Anilda Carrasquillo (9:22)
  17. 17 Mass, for double chorus: Kyrie - Frank Martin & Anilda Carrasquillo (6:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Shaw Festival Singers Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shaw all by Himself

    Robert Shaw is still considered on of the finest choral conductors this country has ever produced. When he took over the podium of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra some felt his talents were being wasted on orchestral influence: a few seasons into the role as an orchestral conductor erased the doubts of his ability in that realm. One of the aspects of his tenure programming was always to include the major works for orchestra and chorus and fortunately most of those works were recorded before his death. In this superb CD Robert Shaw returns to his roots as choral conductor, presenting a group of a cappella works that demonstrates just how wide-ranging was his repertoire and a renewed appreciation for this gifts in drawing the very finest of choral singing from his musicians. Included here are near perfect performances of a wide variety of works: de Victoria's 'O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam', Thomas Tallis' 'A new commandment', Poulenc's 'Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence' and 'Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël', Debussy's 'Chansons de Charles d'Orléans', Brahms' 'Waldesnacht' and 'Abendständchen', Aleksandr Kopylov's 'Heavenly Light', excerpts form the Rachmaninov 'Vespers', Verdi's 'Sacred Pieces', Britten's 'Hymn to St. Cecilia', Arvo Part's 'Magnificat', Frank Martin's 'Mass', and three spirituals.Some may argue this is too wide a selection for a CD, that while this made make for a brilliant evening's performance in the concert hall, it is too much variation to digest on a CD format. But those who feel that way can parcel out the treasures here recorded according to their needs. For a sampling of the genius of Robert Shaw conducting a cappella works, this CD is as fine as they come. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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