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A long overdue recording of Virgil Thomson's work in the field of choral music.

The story of the wide-eyed lad from Kansas City who became the toast of Paris via Harvard, one of America's most influential music critics from his decades' long perch at the New York Herald Tribune and a truly unique and productive composer, is almost hackneyed now, but still bears that "only in America" cachet. It was as a long-term resident of the Chelsea Hotel in New York that Gregg Smith and his Singers got to know the redoubtable Virgil in the later decades of his long life (born in 1896, he died at the age of 92 in 1989.) The present CD is an offering of gratitude for Virgil's support and friendship, as well as a concise overview of his work in the choral field--along with a brief excursion into his solo output.
Contents:
Virgil Thomson, composer
De Profundis
Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith, conductor

Virgil Thomson, composer
Tribulationes Civitatum
Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith, conductor

Virgil Thomson, composer
O my deir hert
Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith, conductor, Rosalind Rees, soprano, Steven Vosatka, piano

Virgil Thomson, composer
Welcome to the New Year
Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith, conductor, Steven Vosatka, piano

Virgil Thomson, composer
The Holly and the Ivy
Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith, conductor, Steven Vosatka, piano

Virgil Thomson, composer
Four Songs on Poems of Thomas Campion
Rosalind Rees, soprano, Katherine Greene, viola, Steven Hartman, clarinet, Susan Jolles, harp

Virgil Thomson, composer
Mass for Two Part Chorus and Percussion
Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith, conductor

Virgil Thomson, composer
Seven Choruses from the Medea of Euripedes
Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith, conductor

Virgil Thomson, composer
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith, conductor

Virgil Thomson, composer
Hymns from the Old South
Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith, conductor

Review:
"These recordings...represent a terrific collection of much needed work that enhances the reputation of both Thomas and the Singers. I am grateful to have it, one of the best and most impressive recordings I will come across this year. ...a near-perfect production. Highest recommendation!" (Audiophile Audition)
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