Memento Mori: An AIDS Requiem
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A ground-breaking, emotionally reverent work for chorus, soloists and orchestra. You cannot fail to be moved.

Memento Mori is an oratorio for soloists, men's chorus and chamber orchestra. It is dedicated to those who have succumbed to AIDS. The work combines traditional English, Hebrew, and Latin texts with original prose and poetry by Quentin Crisp, Philip Justin Smith, Denise Stokes, and Bill Weaver. About this new work James Adler writes: "Where to begin? The road to this recording has been a longish, winding one. It began in 1994 when Jeffrey McIntyre, then director of the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus, first talked about and then commissioned me to compose this work. I had lost so many colleagues, friends and loved ones to the disease that I simply had to do something. And my way was going to be a musical way. I did not set out to compose something diverse or unusual. It was my initial intention to create a work that could be emotionally gut-wrenching, quasi-theatrical, and religious in a spiritual sense. Jeffrey and I both shared the vision that while my Requiem should use as its model the Roman Catholic "Mass for the Dead," it should also feature some special twists and turns." Composer/conductor/pianist James Adler has been hailed as a composer who "writes for both chorus and orchestra with uncommon imagination." Following the April 2000, New York City premiere of his Requiem, in Merkin Hall, Bill Zakariasen acclaimed this "very ecumenical and consoling" work, which "gets straight to the heart."
James Adler, composer
Memento Mori: An Aids Requiem for soloists, men's chorus and chamber orchestra
AmorArtis Chorale & Orchestra, Victoria Livengood, mezzo, Jane Dutton, soprano, Maire O'Brien, soprano, Steve Huffines, baritone, Neil Farrell, tenor, Johannes Somary, conductor

"All in all, a unique, well-crafted, emotionally rich piece that interested choral afficianados will want to hear." (American Record Guide)

"Affecting, even harrowing, this is one of the most successful large-scale musical works to consider those who have died of AIDS." (Musicmatch)
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