CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON: Considering Matthew Shepard – Conspirare – Harmonia mundi
Some beautiful choral writing in an emotional tribute. CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON: Considering Matthew Shepard – Conspirare – Harmonia mundi multichannel SACD HMU 807638.39, 105:26, two discs (9/09/16) [Dist. by HM/PIAS] ****: By now, I am sure – or hope – that all readers have at least heard of the horrific 1998 murder of the then […]
“Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings” = DONALD GRANTHAM: La canción desesperada; SHAWN KIRCHNER: Tu sangre en la mía, Soneto 53; Tu voz, Soneto 52; CARY RATCLIFF: Ode to Common Things – Conspirare/ Conspirare Ch. Players/ Craig Hella Johnson – Harmonia mundi
Three composers saddle up to ride Neruda’s always attractive and very tricky poetry.
TALBOT: Path of Miracles – Conspirare/ Craig Hella Johnson – Harmonia mundi
This is my second go ‘round with this work. The first was very fine, but this one’s really got game.
* ROBERT KYR: The Singer’s Ode; The Cloud of Unknowing; Songs of the Soul – Conspirare/ Soloists/ Victoria Bach Festival Orch./ Craig Hella Johnson – Harmonia mundi
************ MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH *************
Two of the finest choral works I have heard in nearly 10 years, with stunning sound and fantastic performances.
The Sacred Spirit of Russia – Conspirare/ Craig Hella Johnson – Harmonia mundi
Bravo to all concerned in one of the finest Russian choral music releases in years.
KEVIN PUTS: If I Were a Swan; To Touch the Sky; Symphony No.4, “From Mission San Juan” – Conspirare/Craig Hella Johnson, dir.,/Baltimore Sym. Orch./Marin Alsop – Harmonia mundi
Truly beautiful works from this break-through composer you should know.
Samuel Barber, an American Romantic – Twelfth Night; To be sung on the water; The virgin martyrs; Let down the bars, O death; Reincarnations; A stopwatch and an ordinance map; Sure on this shining night; Agnus Dei; The Lovers; Easter Chorale – Matt Tresler, tenor/ Thomas Burritt, timpani/ Faith DeBow, p./ David Farwig, bar./ Ch. Orch./ Conspirare/ Craig Hella Johnson – Harmonia mundi
What a welcome release to have The Lovers among us again—and the rest is just very tasty gravy.
“Sing Freedom! African American Spirituals” [TrackList follows] – Conspirare / Craig Hella Johnson – Harmonia mundi
Wonderfully expressive music beautifully sung, all in SACD sound that’s truly immersive.