The Unicorn, The Gorgon and the Manticore
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Menotti's magically colorful work for chorus and chamber ensemble is coupled with two other American works of similar interest.

" In Canada, Schafer has won national and international acclaim not only for his achievement as a composer but also as an educator, environmentalist, literary scholar, visual artist and provocateur. Through his unique explorations of the relationships between music, performer, audience and setting, he has expanded the potential and appreciation of music and its place in the arts and culture of our time. The texts of the songs in A Medieval Bestiary are based on T.H. White's translation of a Latin bestiary dating from the 12th century. In the Middle Ages bestiaries were serious works of natural history. They were anonymous compilations of what was known or presumed about the characteristics and habits of animals, both real, and mythological. Because they were compiled by churchmen, the behavior of animals frequently seemed to point up an instructive moral for humans. The highlight of this disc is Menotti's The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore. Here is one of Menotti's most accomplished works. It was commissioned by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation and calls for chorus, dancers and nine instrumentalists. The text focuses on a well-to-do, but eccentric man in a castle and presents his life in three stages, his youth, middle and old age. Three unusual pets symbolize these stages - a unicorn, a gorgon and a manticore. Today, in his 90th year, Gian Carlo Menotti is one of the world's finest composers. It is a pleasure to welcome this delightful music back to the catalog.
Jack Gottlieb, composer
Presidential Suite
Carolina Chamber Choir, Timothy Koch, conductor

R. Murray Schafer, composer
A Medieval Bestiary
Carolina Chamber Choir, Timothy Koch, conductor

Gian Carlo Menotti, composer
The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore
Carolina Chamber Choir, Timothy Koch, conductor

Review to come.
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