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.
...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