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Beyond all Mortal Dreams Import

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On Beyond All Mortal Dreams, Stephen Layton and his acclaimed Trinity College Choir perform a magnificent selection of American a cappella choral works. The recording is a showcase of little-known American composers unearthed by Layton during his travels. These distinctive and luminous compositions illustrate the context in which better-known composers such as Lauridsen and Whitacre already championed by Layton learned their craft. The choir is in perfect voice here, and their purity of tone, flawless intonation and depth of feeling are truly exceptional. This wonderful disc is a must for all choral music fans.

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Any new album from Layton's choirs is cause for celebration. --American Record Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tonight eternity alone
  2. O admirable commercium
  3. O sacrum convivium
  4. O vos omnes
  5. Sanctus
  6. O vis aeiternitatis
  7. Caritas abundat
  8. O virtus sapientiae
  9. Lux aeterna
  10. Fair in face
  11. I beheld her, beautiful as a dove
  12. Rise up, my love, my fair one
  13. How they so softly rest
  14. The day is done
  15. Pilgrims' Hymn
  16. Hymn to the Eternal Flame
  17. Mosella
  18. Te vigilans oculis
  19. Phoenix


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Choir of Trinity College Cambridge
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Composer: Steven Stucky
  • Audio CD (July 12, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B005145WGM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a wonderful CD - truly enjoyable. After having recently become enamored with contemporary Baltic choral music, I purchased this to see if the Americans (and a Canadian) were up to snuff. Indeed, they are. The bulk of this music is beautiful and moving - I listened to it twice, back to back. One set, from 1928, reminds me somewhat of the cloying redundancy of British choral music, but it was pleasant. Other than one other piece, the music comes to us from the 21st and late 20th century. Interestingly, I was most impressed by the two works by the young Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, now a Manhatten resident. His music carries the same mystic tone that the Baltics seem to have perfected. This genre is quite a departure for me, for even though I have loved sacred choral music of all eras for decades, particularly Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Vaughn-Williams and Poulenc, I have been only a limited follower of "modern classical music". This material belongs on the same shelf as that of the older masters - gorgeous, effective, and meaningful. Make no mistake, this music resides in its own sub-category, but in my opinion, it dances with the best of them.

As in the albums "Baltic Exchange" and "Passion and Resurrection"(composer-Esenvalds), Conductor Stephen Layton demonstrates that he is the go-to man for results in this type of music. The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge (Polyphony, in the Esenvalds) serves up nothing but passion, beauty, and refinement in these well-engineered recordings. In my opinion, Layton provides an extra helping of emotion and vibrancy in his performances compared with the excellent and appreciated, but sometimes "stiff upper lip" efforts of the Royal Holloway Choir under conductor Rupert Gough.

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The most beautiful music I have purchased for a long time, and worth the long wait to arrive.

The music exceeds my expectations ~ hauntingly beautiful, deeply complex choral settings, multi-layered, emotionally moving and inspiring.

Trinity College Choir are vocal perfection, with crystal clear high sopranos through to pure bass and contrabass tones, blended in absolutely faultless harmony.

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By Pete on August 28, 2011
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This disc contains the work of the great Canadian church music composer Healy Willan, as well as the contemporary choral composer Eric Whitacre. And its conducted by Stephen Layton. That's really all you need to know. Outstanding!
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Beautiful. The voices are sweet and blend beautifully. One of my favorites.
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