The Earth & I
LAITMAN | PLUDE | McCULLOUGH | MECHEM | CHATMAN | BARBER | FINNEY | EFFINGER | LAURIDSEN The Earth & I TROY1454 - Price: $16.99
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The Washington Master Chorale celebrates American choral music.

The second half of the 20th-century saw a great blossoming of choral singing in America, from the emergence of the great choral singing schools to increased professionalism in church music programs and the founding of major professional choral groups and associations. One result of this overall rise in choral excellence was an expansion to the body of sophisticated, secular art-music for choruses as American composers responded to the increasingly skilled, nonreligious choral ensembles practicing the craft. This recording, expertly performed by the Washington Master Chorale, offers some of the best of this art-music. Founded in 2010, the Washington Master Chorale is a semi-professional chorus in Washington, D.C., conducted by Thomas Colohan. Their purpose is to advance American choral excellence by combining skilled vocal artistry with superb poetic choral literature; to contribute to the choral canon through commissioning leading American composers and to present choral works in the context of their culture and time.
Contents:
Lori Laitman, composer
The Earth and I
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, conductor

Patricia Plude, composer
October
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, conductor, Mark Vogel, piano, Amy Broadbent, soprano, Shauna Kreidler Michels, mezzo-soprano

Stephen Chatman, composer
from Nature Songs
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, conductor, Mark Vogel, piano

Norman Dinerstein, composer
from Frogs
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, conductor

Samuel Barber, composer
To be Sung on the Water Op. 42 no. 2
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, conductor

Samuel Barber, composer
Heaven-Haven (A Nun Takes the Veil)
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, conductor

Kirke Mechem, composer
The Loveliest of Trees
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, conductor

Ross Lee Finney, composer
See How the Arched Earth
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, conductor

Cecil Effinger, composer
Four Pastorales
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, conductor, Noelle Drewes, oboe

Morten Lauridsen, composer
Sure on this Shining Night
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, conductor, Mark Vogel, piano

Donald McCullough, composer
The Eye Begins to See
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, conductor, Mark Vogel, piano, Kacy Clopton, cello, Steven Combs, baritone

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