It was a weekend of coast-to-coast choral launch parties! Check out a couple of photos from the Cappella SF Facing West launch party as well as pic from the Taylor Festival Choir’s Celtic Mass party at a local Irish pub!
Ragnar Bohlin, conductor
Grammy Award-winning choirmaster Ragnar Bohlin leads his professional chamber choir, Cappella SF, in a stunning program of choral music by two of America’s leading contemporary composers.
In this – Maestro Bohlin’s second recording with Cappella SF on Delos – his select 24-voice ensemble delivers these two modern masters’ lovely and accessible music to perfection. We get two choice choral song cycles from Conrad Susa: Six Joyce Songs, Vol. II, as well as Landscapes and Silly Songs (with texts by Federico García Lorca). David Conte contributes another winning cycle, A Whitman Triptych – plus a pair of appealing pieces: The Composer and Invocation and Dance.
Taylor Festival Choir
Robert Taylor, conductor
With this album, Delos offers lovely, skillfully rendered and ear-grabbing accounts of two very different and profoundly spiritual treatments of the Catholic Mass by Irish composer Michael McGlynn and the Scottish master Sir James MacMillan.
Both works reflect their creators’ strong Celtic roots. McGlynn’s Celtic Mass intersperses sections in Irish between the traditional Latin elements. MacMillan’s Mass sets the traditional movements in English, and adds other liturgical texts that make the work suitable for use as a stand-alone service.