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|Robert Ridgell||Primary Artist, Conductor|
|Eric Banks||Choir Director|
|Musica Sacra||Choir, Chorus|
|The Esoterics||Choir, Chorus|
|Trinity Youth Chorus||Choir, Chorus|
|Trinity Wall Street||Group|
|Members of Trinity Choir||Choir, Chorus|
|Robert Moran||Composer, Liner Notes|
|Philip Blackburn||Director, Remix Arrangement|
|Eric Banks||Text Translation|
|Leonard G. Manchess||Engineer|
|Linda Hanick||Executive Producer|
Posted February 12, 2012
I really tried to like this disc, but I played the "Trinity Requiem" through twice before deciding it does nothing for me. This contemporary take on an ancient text needs to make its impact independently of its association with the September 11 attack; instead it only produces a succession of vaguely pretty sounds. The Kyrie is numbingly repetitious, rambling on for nearly 5 minutes in search of a melody. During the instrumental Offertory, a siren can be heard in the street outside--in the spirit of "found music," the producers decided to leave it in. I don't think it adds anything except a distraction. The children are rather distantly recorded; consequently, the words don't come over as they ought (and they are not to be found in the booklet). "Seven Sounds Unseen" and "Notturno in Weiss" are more of the same, for mixed adult voices, which at least provide more harmonic color. I admit I am not the best audience for minimalist music; others may be more receptive.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2011
Sometimes occasional pieces are just that ¿ music written for a specific event, but have no life beyond it. (Richard Wagner¿s ¿American Centennial March,¿ for example) But then there are other works that speak to audiences not just gathered for the event, but those in other places and other times.
Robert Moran¿s Trinity Requiem is just such a work. This quiet, ethereal piece was composed for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Commissioned by Trinity Wall Street, which stood in the shadow of the World Trade Center, the composition is a serene, almost disembodied contemplation on the words of the requiem mass. It bears some semblance to Arvo Part¿s suspension-of-time music, but with a more identifiable tonal center. The quotation of Pachelbel¿s Canon in the middle is a risky move ¿ in the wrong hands it could sound trite ¿ but Moran pulls it off. Somehow it adds to the otherworldly sorrow expresses by the music.
While written for a specific event, the Trinity Requiem transcends its origins. This is music that should be heard whenever people need solace from tragedy. The Trinity Youth Chorus, supported by adult members of the Trinity Choir sing with sure technique and firm conviction that help gives the requiem its emotional power.