PLU Multimedia Recordings


25th Anniversary Album

The American Prize

  • Choral Union, Richard Nance, Director

This disc won the 2011 American Prize for outstanding recorded performance by a community chorus.  Repertoire included on this two-disc collection includes Benjamin Britten’s The Company of Heaven; Gloria (from Missa Brevis) by Zoltan Kodaly; Veljo Tormis’ Autumn Landscapes; Morten Lauridsen’s Sure On This Shining Night; Bob Chilcott’s The Making of the Drum and Felix Mendelssohn’s Verleih' uns Frieden.  Established in 1984, this recording is in celebration of the Choral Union’s 25th Anniversary.

25th Anniversary CD

Compact Disc - 2010

PLU Multimedia Recordings -- Pacific Lutheran University

Program - Disc 1

Track Title Composer Length

The Company of Heaven Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Part One:  Before the Creation

1 I. Chaos (Introduction for orchestra)

5:00
2 Speaker (Text by Theodosius)

1:00
3 II. The morning stars (Hymn for chorus and orchestra)
  3:02

Part Two:  Angels in Scripture

4 Speaker (Text by Thomas Heywood)

:35
5 IIIa. Jacob (Chorus and organ)

:22
6 Speaker (Text from Genesis XXVIii 10-12, 16-17)

:58
7 IIIb. Elisha (Chorus and organ)
:24
8 Speaker (Text from 2 Kings VI 15-17)

:52
9 IIIc. Hail Mary! (Soprano solo, chorus and organ)
:42
10 Speaker (Text from Luke I 26-28, 21, 38)
:52
11 IV. Christ, the fair glory (Hymn for soloists, chorus and orchestra)
2:37
12 Speaker (Text by Christina Rossetti)

:43
13 V. War in heaven (Male chorus and orchestra)
3:25

Part Three:  Angels in Common Life and at our Death

14 VI. Heaven is here (Soprano solo, chorus and orchestra)
4:19
15 Speaker (Text by R. Ellis Roberts)
:21
16 VII. A thousand thousand gleaming fires (Tenor solo and orchestra)

2:08
17 Speaker (Text by R. Ellis Roberts)

1:38
18 VIII. Funeral march for a boy (Orchestra)

3:44
19 Speaker (Text by Christina Rossetti)

1:07
20 IX. Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the most High

4:06
21 Speaker (Text by William Blake)

:52
22 X. Lento maestoso (Speaker and orchestra)

2:10
23 XI. Ye watchers and ye holy ones (Hymn for soloists, chorus and orchestra)

5:16

Total Run-Time: 46:33
 

Program - Disc 2

Track Title Composer Length
1 Gloria (from Missa brevis), Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967)
Chris McCafferty, Tenor  •  Jonathan Young, Organ
Conrad Susa (b. 1935)
Sügismaastikud (Autumn Landscapes)
Veljo Tormis  (b. 1930)
2 I. On hilissuvi (It Is Late Summer)

1:53
3 II. Üle taeva joksevad pilved (Clouds Are Racing)

2:10
4 III. Kahvatu valgus (Pale Light)

1:25
5 IV. Valusalt punased lehed (Painfully Red Are The Leaves)

:45
6 V. Tuul könnumaa kohal (Wind Over The Barrens)

1:23
7 VI. Külm sügisöö (Cold Autumn Night)
1:44
8 VII. Kanarbik (Heather)

1:48
9 Sure On This Shining Night (from “Nocturnes”) pub. Songs of Peer, LTD
Amy Grinsteiner, Piano
Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943) 5:55
The Making of the Drum
Miho Takanawa, Marimba
Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)
10 I. The Skin

2:24
11 II. The Barrel of the Drum

4:11
12 III. The Two Curved Sticks of the Drummer

3:37
13 IV. Gourds and Rattles

2:00
14 V. The Gong-Gong
3:35
15 Verleih’ uns Frieden  pub. EC Schirmer Music Co Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) 4:54

Total Run-Time: 41:37