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Parallel Worlds


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With Parallel Worlds, Czech composer Jan Jirasek provides a portal into his intricately textured and resonant choral music. These works are enhanced by Czech children's choir Jitro, whose singers imbibe Jirasek's delicate and earnest compositions with authority, maturity, and captivating grace. A varied collection of Jirasek's sacred and secular choral music, Parallel Worlds reveals the composer's affinity for non-traditional sounds, as well as vocal forms rooted in Renaissance and Medieval traditions. These subtle, period-based influences are most evident in the nuances of compositions such as works like Missa Propria that evoke the voice-leading techniques of Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo. Most obvious of these subtleties is Jirasek's contrast of polyphony and monophony in Missa Propria and Si, Vis, Amari, Ama, which use chant-like melodies scored for the entire choir. These moments strongly recall the structural role of Gregorian chant in Medieval, Renaissance, and even later musical settings of the mass text. King Lavra presents a subtler allusion to earlier eras of choral music, as its dramatic scoring recalls teh Medieval genre of the liturgical drama. This composition is also one of several works on this album to feature atypical sounds, including percussive vocal sounds ranging from spoken text to individual isolated consonants. Jirasek's use of a pair of scissors as a percussion instrument on King Lavra is a brilliant and wholly unpredictable reinterpretation of a mundane object, and the clear, precise attack of the swiftly closing scissors works impressively well with the piano and vocal forces. Throughout Parallel Worlds, Jirasek's creations are vibrant and profound, often suggesting the choir's singing is filling an enormous venue. The composer constantly plays with layering fixed materials, and he often manipulates the density of these musical strata to pull the listener through his intricate compositional mazes.
Facts
Item number NV6101
Barcode 896931004015
Release date 6/9/2017
Category Choral
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir Jitro Czech Girls Choir
Conductor Skopal, Jirí
Disc: 1
Missa Propria00:19:00
1 Missa propria: Kyrie eleison 00:07:18 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir
2 Missa propria: Gloria - Miserere - Gloria 00:05:08 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir
3 Missa propria: Credo - Agnus Dei 00:04:41 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir
Si, Vis Amari, Ama00:07:00
4 Si, vis amari, ama: Omnia vincit amor 00:01:28 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir Míšek, Jan
5 Si, vis amari, ama: Quod me nutrit me destruit 00:02:12 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir Chrobák, Michal
6 Si, vis amari, ama: Audentes fortuna iuvat 00:01:13 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir Chrobák, Michal Míšek, Jan
7 Si, vis amari, ama: Si, vis amari, ama 00:02:36 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir Chrobák, Michal Míšek, Jan
Mondi paralleli00:20:00
8 Mondi paralleli: Miserere 00:00:20 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir
9 Mondi paralleli: Benedictus - Baruch haba 00:01:39 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir
10 Mondi paralleli: Sanctus 00:06:01 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir
11 Mondi paralleli: Agnus Dei. Wheresoever You Look.. 00:01:44 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir
12 Mondi paralleli: Miserere. Avinu malkenu 00:02:26 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir
13 Mondi paralleli: Te Deum laudamus. Om ah hum 00:06:15 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir
14 Mondi paralleli: Dona nobis pacem... Is the Face o 00:01:36 Skopal, Jirí Jitro Czech Girls Choir
King Lávra00:17:00
15 King Lávra 00:16:47 Anonymous Skopal, Jirí Jirásek, Jan Jitro Czech Girls Choir Chrobák, Michal
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