The Barber Chair

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aligreto

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 18, 2022, 01:52:50 PM
I had forgotten just how cool a piece the First Symphony is, Fergus!

It surely is, Karl!
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and leave no doubt.

aligreto

Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard [Shaw]


https://www.youtube.com/v/j82VCzR5pyo


This is a very fine work. It contains many tones, moods and atmospheres. Orchestrally, it is well scored and the orchestral music is much more than an accompaniment to the vocal elements. There is fine music, drama, tension and interesting orchestral sonorities contained within it.
The vocal music element is also very engaging. It is lyrical in tone. The soloists all deliver their respective roles very well. However, the choir is the biggest success here, for me. They are really quite good, full sounding and well balanced.
The dynamic range of the work is quite extensive.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and leave no doubt.

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: aligreto on August 11, 2022, 08:40:30 AM
Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard [Shaw]


https://www.youtube.com/v/j82VCzR5pyo


This is a very fine work. It contains many tones, moods and atmospheres. Orchestrally, it is well scored and the orchestral music is much more than an accompaniment to the vocal elements. There is fine music, drama, tension and interesting orchestral sonorities contained within it.
The vocal music element is also very engaging. It is lyrical in tone. The soloists all deliver their respective roles very well. However, the choir is the biggest success here, for me. They are really quite good, full sounding and well balanced.
The dynamic range of the work is quite extensive.


I need to revisit that piece!
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

aligreto

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and leave no doubt.

KevinP

Prayers is very under-represented on CD. Strangely so, even. A quick look at Amazon suggests there are only two CDs in print containing this great work.


Madiel

Yes, options are very limited. But this is pretty much true of all works for choir and orchestra. It's a genre that has suffered very badly in modern times, compared to the huge popularity of choral singing back in the 19th century for example. Time and again when I get in deep with a major composer from the Romantic period or later, it's the choral works that are hardest to get.
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