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BARBER

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Samuel Barber’s collected choral works

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Samuel Barber’s collected choral works

The Esoterics presents its newest compact disc release, BARBER. This recording was made in conjunction with The Esoterics’ centennial concert of the same name, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American composer Samuel Barber. This is the first recording by an American choral ensemble to feature all of Barber’s works for a cappella chorus. Barber is one of the most important figures in American composition, having twice won the Pulitzer Prize. Purchase your copy of this historic recording by one of the country’s premiere vocal ensembles for contemporary choral music!

This recording, made in the lush acoustics of Seattle’s Holy Rosary Catholic Church, is the first recording to bring together God’s grandeur and Motetto on words from the book of Job, which Barber had intended to be performed as a single cycle. Also included in this recording are three choral works that are normally performed with instruments (Easter chorale, A stopwatch and an ordnance map, and Sure on this shining night). For these three pieces, the ensemble sings the instrumental parts (for brass, timpani and piano) as well as the choral parts. This recording, directed by The Esoterics’ Founding Director Eric Banks, is an excellent interpretation of Barber’s neo-romantic style and was engineered using binaural recording technology.

Track listing

Mottetto (1930/1938) Samuel Barber
1 There the wicked cease
2 Call now!
3 God’s grandeur
4 Praise Him!
5 Twelfth night (1968) Samuel Barber
6 Easter Chorale (1964) Samuel Barber
7 Heaven-haven (1937/1961) Samuel Barber
8 Let down the bars, O death (1936) Samuel Barber
9 The virgin martyrs (1935) Samuel Barber
10 A stopwatch and an ordnance map (1940) Samuel Barber
11 To be sung on the water (1968) Samuel Barber
Reincarnations (1937/1940) Samuel Barber
12 Mary Hines
13 Anthony O Daly
14 The coolin
15 Agnus Dei [choral setting of Adagio for strings] (1938/1967) Samuel Barber
16 Sure on this shining night (1938/1941) Samuel Barber
17 Happy Birthday, Sam Barber (1969) Samuel Barber
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