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Seven Responses


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A substantial album that never loses sight of the human voice at its heart, Seven Responses from Philadelphia’s superlative choir, The Crossing, began as a project to explore the topic of suffering. Seven extraordinary composers were asked to respond to one of the cantatas of Dieterich Buxtehude’s 1680 oratorio, Membra Jesu Nostri (The Limbs of Jesus). Performed by The Crossing and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the resulting pieces are diverse and uniquely personal yet together create a whole body of work that has an uncanny logic and leaves a powerful impression. One to remember. Hailing from Denmark, Latvia, Germany, Iceland and the USA and including two Pulitzer Prize winners, the composers have produced works that cover a broad swath of styles. Hans Thomalla calls on the wind instruments to play multiphonics, blurring our perception as the choir shimmers around their distorted pitches, while Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s piece moves from violent string effects to prayerful contemplation in a fully synthesized color palette. The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. Consistently recognized in critical reviews, The Crossing has been hailed as “exquisite” (New York Times), “cutting edge” (Q2 Music), and “indisputably genuine” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Formed by a group of friends in 2005, the ensemble has since grown exponentially and “has made a name for itself in recent years as a champion of new music.” (New York Times)
Facts
Item number INN912
Barcode 726708691226
Release date 2/3/2017
Category Choral
Label INNOVA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Choir The Crossing
Conductor Nally, Donald
Ensemble International Contemporary Ensemble
Disc: 1
To The Hands00:19:00
1 To the Hands: No. 1, Prelude (Wordless) 00:02:12 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald
2 To the Hands: No. 2, In Medio 00:03:00 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald
3 To the Hands: No. 3, Her Beacon-Hand Beckons 00:03:41 The Crossing Nally, Donald
4 To the Hands: No. 4, Ever Ever Ever 00:03:11 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald
5 To the Hands: No. 5, Litany of the Displaced 00:03:01 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald
6 To the Hands: No. 6, I Will Hold You 00:03:09 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald
I Come Near You00:14:00
7 I Come Near You 00:13:52 Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald Bradshaw, Steven Montalbano-Brehm, Maren Siler, Rebecca
Ad Cor00:13:00
8 Ad Cor: No. 1, Wound 00:03:56 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald
9 Ad Cor: No. 2, Joy 00:02:30 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald
10 Ad Cor: No. 3, I Laugh At You Mockingly 00:02:03 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald Karre, Ross
11 Ad Cor: No. 4, Wound / Joy / I Laugh at You 00:04:32 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald Karre, Ross
Ad Genua (To the knees)00:10:00
12 Ad Genua 00:10:04 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald Montalbano-Brehm, Maren
Disc: 2
dress in magic amulets, dark, from My feet00:15:00
1 Dress in Magic Amulets, Dark, from My Feet 00:14:34 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald
My Soul Will Sink Within Me00:17:00
2 My Soul Will Sink Within Me 00:16:46 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald Siler, Rebecca Bishop, Julie
Common Ground00:18:00
3 Common Ground: Prologue 00:02:50 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald
4 Common Ground: Scene 1 00:03:44 Anonymous International Contemporary Ensemble Nally, Donald Bixby, Kelly Ann
5 Common Ground: Scene 2 00:06:57 International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald
6 Common Ground: Scene 3 00:05:47 Anonymous International Contemporary Ensemble The Crossing Nally, Donald Bixby, Kelly Ann
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