An American Collage
ROOKE CHAPEL CHOIR An American Collage TROY098 - Price: $16.99
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A must for lovers of the American choral tradition.

This collection of music for solo voice and chorus includes compositions by American composers Aaron Copland, John Duke, Jackson Hill, Richard Hundley, William Duckworth, Rudolph Palmer and Lee Hoiby. Several of the works were written expressly for D'Anna Fortunato (the mezzo-soprano soloist) and the Rooke Chapel Choir. Since her debut in 1971 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Fortunato has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the orchestras of Cleveland and Louisville, and the Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, and Minnesota symphonies. Ms. Fortunato has been featured in leading operatic roles with the New York City, Glimmerglass, Kentucky and Connecticut operas, as well as the Opera Company of Boston, Monadnock Festival, and Rochester Opera Theater. Andrew Porter of The New Yorker called her a "Handelian of crisp accomplishment," and Leighton Kerner of The Village Voice proclaimed her a "mezzo-soprano of profound musicality and technical aplomb." She has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, Nonesuch, MusicMasters and Vox labels. Her album of songs by Amy Beach was voted "Best Record of the Year" by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and New York Magazine. The Rooke Chapel Choir of Bucknell University, under the direction of William Payn, has gained international recognition for its creative interpretations of some of the most significant twentieth-century American sacred repertory.
Contents:
Aaron Copland, composer
In the Beginning
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


William Duckworth, composer
Southern Harmony
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


John Duke, composer
Survivor
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


John Duke, composer
In the Fields
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


John Duke, composer
Acquainted with the Night
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


John Duke, composer
To the Thawing Wind
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


Jackson Hill, composer
Love is Life
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


Jackson Hill, composer
A Sweet and Triune Harmony
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


Lee Hoiby, composer
Beginning My Studies
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


Lee Hoiby, composer
The Shepherd
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


Lee Hoiby, composer
Lady of the Harbor
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


Lee Hoiby, composer
Let this Mind Be in You
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


Richard Hundley, composer
Isaac Greentree
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


Richard Hundley, composer
The Astronomers
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


Richard Hundley, composer
Waterbird
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo


Rudolph Palmer, composer
O Magnum Mysterium
Rooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor, Genevieve Lee, piano, David Cover, organ, D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo

Review:
"The art songs and choral works contained in this "collage" aren't marquee attractions by any means, but many of them deserve to be. And these performances by a world-class mezzo and the choir from her Alma Mater are good enough to make one wonder why everyone isn't lining up to sing (and buy anthologies of) songs like these that are so tonal, so lyrical, and sit so beautifully in the voice." (American Record Guide)
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