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“25 x 25 is a dazzling little jewel-box of choral writing that demonstrates the ensemble's willingness to live up to their name. These composers have come up with 25 different approaches towards the process of writing for the human voice, and the results are 25 different examples of choral virtuosity … There's an immense richness to the variety of compositional voices ... Read more in Amazon's 25 x 25 - The New York Virtuoso Singers Store

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  • Performer: The New York Virtuoso Singers
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (October 8, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: SOUNDBRUSH RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00EU8RCJK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. DEL TREDICI: Alphabet II
2. STUCKY: Say Thou Dost Love Me
3. LERDAHL: Cornstalks
4. HARBISON: The Pool
5. ADOLPHE: Obedient Choir of Emotions
6. RAN: The Humble Shall Inherit the Earth (Psalm 37)
7. HARTKE: Audistis quia dictum est
8. CHEN: Let s Reach a New Height
9. TSONTAKIS: A Dream Within a Dream
10. CORIGLIANO: Upon Julia s Clothes
11. HIGDON: The Prayer
12. WYNER: Save me, O God
13. FELDER: Nomina sunt consequentia rerum
14. MUSGRAVE: Starlight
15. SCHWANTNER: Smoke
16. BOLCOM: Why Was Cupid a Boy?
17. LANG: the same train
18. TOWER: Descending
19. THOMAS: Spells
20. ZWILICH: Memorial
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The New York Virtuoso Singers (NYVS) celebrate their 25th anniversary season with the extraordinary 25x25: 25 new compositions by 25 contemporary composers commissioned by NYVS for this milestone. Under the direction of founder and conductor Harold Rosenbaum, the works were premiered at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City over two concerts last season. The resulting 2-CD collection from Soundbrush Records showcases a treasure trove of new works from the best of America s living composers including twelve Pulitzer Prize-winners and an award-winning professional chorus of remarkable skill and artistry.


25x25 features an enormous breadth of style and inspiration from the composers. Conductor Harold Rosenbaum is passionate about the adventure of working with living composers, and about expanding the choral music repertoire. I love music from all eras, comments Rosenbaum, but when I m doing contemporary music, the more complex it is and the more challenging it is, the more I enjoy unravelling the mysteries. The collection includes a cappella works, those with soloists, as well as pieces with piano accompaniment from Brent Funderburk.


Founded in 1988 by conductor Harold Rosenbaum, The New York Virtuoso Singers is America s leading exponent of contemporary choral music. A three-time winner of the ASCAP-Chorus America Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, NYVS has received Chorus America s American Choral Works Performance Award. The Grammy-nominated ensemble has appeared on 30 commercial recordings, has commissioned 50 works and has premiered close to 400 works. The ensemble s collaborators include The Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke s, American Symphony Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, Bang on a Can, Glyndebourne Opera Company, Tanglewood. In June of 2012, NYVS embarked on its first international tour to Denmark and Sweden.

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...a milestone of what is happening now, 21st century choral music at its very best... --Classical-Modern Music Review

" 25 x 25 is a dazzling little jewel-box of choral writing that demonstrates the ensemble's willingness to live up to their name. These composers have come up with
25 different approaches towards the process of writing for the human voice, and the results are 25 different examples of choral virtuosity ... There's an immense richness to the variety of compositional voices displayed here. If at all possible, listeners should savor these pieces slowly, like a box of birthday confectioneries, to preserve the distinctive pleasures of each individual morsel." --Wqxr

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What a great concept: mark 25 years of choral excellence by commissioning 25 composers to create new works! And thanks to this CD, one need not live in New York to experience the result. These performances are outstanding, as Harold Rosenbaum's Virtuoso Singers are known to deliver. Terrific ensemble, outstanding intonation, good diction, incisive rhythm, and expressive musicianship, all clearly recorded. If you prefer vapid washes of voices or bloodless blended purity, this style is different -- and the CDs make a strong case for vigorous, exciting, almost heart-on-sleeve singing by top-flight voices melded into an impressive whole. As to the compositions, there's great variety and some variation in quality, which is to be expected. By and large these composers know how to write idiomatically for chorus, to illuminate a text and to create compelling music. I'll wait to describe specific pieces until I can live with them all a while longer, but anyone who appreciates great choral composition will find some new favorites here. Anyone who wants to write for chorus should listen carefully for a crash course in the best of current American writing in all its diversity and vitality. I have already given this double CD set once as a gift and plan to do so again in the upcoming holidays.
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It’s really amazing to hear a group like The New York Virtuoso Singers; their disciplined singing, complete with all the finer points in the traditional choral genre. David Felder’s Nomina sunt consequentia rerum, Joseph Schwanter’s Smoke, and David Lang’s The same train sung a cappella with intensity and syncopated notes were a treat indeed.
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