“This is a tremendous disc, effectively a celebration of great poetry in song. Recommended.” —Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine
“Susa’s Six Joyce Songs is a thoroughly engaging song cycle…Conte’s A Whitman Triptych keenly translates the images of the text into richly imaginative harmonic progressions…” —Stephen Smoliar, San Francisco Examiner
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.
This captivating ensemble lays claim to an abundance of choral virtues: gorgeous tone, perfect sectional balance, needle-sharp intonation, and crystal-clear diction, to name but a few. Choral aficionados everywhere owe it to themselves to become acquainted with these remarkable composers, as well as with a group of supreme choral artists equal to the very best.
- The Composer Text by John Stirling Walker
- I. The Twilight Turns from Amethyst
- II. At That Hour
- III. Lean Out of the Window
- IV. Who Goes Amid the Green Wood
- V. Winds of May
- VI. From Dewy Dreams, My Soul, Arise
- I O Setting Sun
- II. What Is the Grass?
- II. Facing West
- I. Landscape I
- II. The Gallant One
- III. The Kings of the Deck
- IV. Landscape II
- V. Silly Song
CONRAD SUSA: Six Joyce Songs, Volume II Texts by James Joyce
DAVID CONTE: A Whitman Triptych Texts by Walt Whitman
CONRAD SUSA: Landscapes and Silly Songs Texts by Federico García Lorca
DAVID CONTE: Invocation and Dance Texts by Walt Whitman