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| Annelies is a choral dramatic work based on “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,” which takes the teenager’s remarkable and penetrating observations, written whilst hiding in an Amsterdam attic, as the basis of its extraordinary and moving libretto. The libretto is compiled and translated by Melanie Challenger, and the music is by James Whitbourn. Whitbourn’s music creates a score “whose respectful understatement is its greatest strength” (The Times). This performance by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Dr. Robert P Eaton, Director, was accompanied by full orchestra with Lynn Eustis as the soloist. Also performing with AVM was the Shir Joy Chorus,
Wendy Damoulakis, Director.Our Price:$18
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|This double CD from the Assabet Valley Mastersingers contains a wealth of musical gems and is a worthy addition to one’s music library. The Mass of the Children is beautifully performed with the Worcester Children’s chorus setting the tone with a warm and exquisite opening. The Beethoven classic Mass in C is sung with brilliance and energy and Maria Ferrante is outstanding as always in Poulenc’s Gloria. Gounod’s Messe Chorale is a rarely heard and/or recorded masterwork and one that deserves greater attention.
|AVM brings you a thrilling performance of a great choral favorite. Orff’s Camina Burana is an exciting and energetic work celebrating Wine, Women, and Song. Performed with two pianos, percussion, outstanding soloists, a children’s choir and augmented by the Algonquin Regional High School Concert Choir. Also included is Brahm’s Neue Liebeslieder – Walzer Op 65, which addresses these same themes of love, lust, and women but in a more lyrical and richly ‘romantic’ style. This is a recording you’ll greatly enjoy.Featuring soloists:
Soprano – Merrycarol Yumi Wada
Tenor – Arthur Rishi
Baritone – Philip Lima
|A dynamic, engaging, and dramatic performance of the popular oratorio Elijah by Mendelssohn. Elijah is considered by many to be dramatically and musically one of the greatest oratorios of all time, perhaps second only to Handel’sMessiah. The Mastersingers, soloists, and orchestra reach new heights of artistic excellence in this moving performance.Featuring soloists:
Philip Lima – Elijah
Andrea Matthews – Soprano
Catherine Hedberg – Mezzo Soprano
Matthew DiBattista – Tenor
Ben Rutan – Youth for Elijah
|A bright and festive recording capturing the grandeur of the high Baroque period. FeaturingTe Deum, by Marc-Antoine Charpentier [1634-1704] one of the most respected French musicians of the 17th century, with its Prelude that is familiar to many from weddings and PBS’ Masterpiece Theater. This lively work is paired with J. S. Bach’s ever popular Magnificat in D, with outstanding soloists and orchestra. A delightful Baroque celebration.Featuring soloists:
Soprano – Jean Danton
Mezzo-Soprano – Pamela Dellal
Tenor – Charles Blandy
Baritone – Thomas Jones
|AVM’s highly acclaimed performance of the Mass for Peace is now available for purchase! This powerful and compelling account of the consequences of war is a contemporary example of a mass based on the 15th-century French song “L’Homme Armé” (The Armed Man). The complete composition sets sacred and secular texts including Tennyson, Kipling, The Koran and the Hindu Mahabharata within the framework of the Christian mass.With orchestra and soloists:
Denise Konicek – Soprano
|Schubert’s Mass in E Flat written just months, before his death, is a deeply moving “confession of faith in life but also in death, which has lost its terror and is not far off.” Set in contrast is the brilliant and uplifting motetExsultate, Jubilate of Mozart and the tender and introspective Five Mystical Songs of Vaughan Williams.Featuring soloists:
Jane Schivick – soprano
Frank Levar – tenor
Matthew DiBattista – tenor
David Bonneau – baritone
Our Price:$17 – double CD!
|Dvorák’s rarely heard Mass in D performed in its original version for chorus and organ. With William Ness, a virtuoso organist and outstanding musician, at the organ, the chorus and audience will be propelled to a triumphant conclusion to the concert and the concert season.
William Ness, organ
|As AVM considers its own rich 3-decade history, this concert provides an opportunity for musical reflection with a presentation of some of the choral music classics from the 17th to the 20th century.
|The vaults and spacious arches of the European Gothic style venues will reverberate with beautiful music designed and composed for just such large spaces. The CD features shorter a capella works and chorus with brass including works by Gabrieli, Schütz, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Górecki, and Biebl. Gabrieli’s seldom heard Magnificat for three choirs is especially glorious with The Sterling Brass Consort