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Fern Hill: American Choral Music


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listen  3. The Passionate Shepherd To His Love 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Performer: Kansas City Chorale, Patricia Higdon
  • Conductor: Charles Bruffy
  • Composer: Samuel Barber, Jean Belmont, John Corigliano, James Mulholland, Williametta Spencer, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 3, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • ASIN: B0000037GA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Several world premieres highlight this disc from the outstanding Kansas City Chorale, including the title work and a setting of "L'Invitation au Voyage", both by John Corigliano. While these, unfortunately, are uninspiring original works by Jean Belmont and James Mulholland, settings of "Shenandoah" by Conrad Susa and "Deep River" by Roy Ringwald are excellent. Unexcelled performances of Barber's "Reincarnations" round out the program. --David Vernier

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Saulle on June 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Never mind the few gripes of the Amazon reviewer. What he decries as "unoriginal" settings by Belmont and Mulholland are wonderful settings by composers who have clearly mastered the art of choral arrangement and composition. Their rich harmonies are colored with wonderfully expressive dissonances which tense and then resolve into lush consonances, but never does the harmony become ponderous or leaden. 'The Passionate Shepherd', 'The Roadside Fire' are totally satisfying, far more so than many more 'original' works which place their originality above emotional expression. 'A Red, Red Rose' is the most beautiful setting of the poem I've ever encountered.
I concur with the reviewer on the rest of the disc. Splendid singing and musical interpretation. I lost my copy of this disc and I am pining for it, so I've come back to buy another. It's that good.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This recording of the Kansas City Chorale is a wonderful collection of American songs ranging from 20th century Britten to spiritual arrangements that are superbly sung. I have sung many of these songs myself, and will heartily recommend this CD to anyone looking for a choir with tremendous expression, musicality, and tone. This CD has a variety of music that music teachers can use to preview pieces for use in their choirs. It isn't often that you can find an album that has such a combination of styles, and it is refreshing to listen to. If nothing else, purchase this CD for the title piece Fern Hill.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1999
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This recording of the Kansas City Chorale is a wonderful collection of American songs ranging from 20th century Barber to spiritual arrangements that are superbly sung. I have sung many of these songs myself, and will heartily recommend this CD to anyone looking for a choir with tremendous expression, musicality, and tone. This CD has a variety of music that music teachers can use to preview pieces for use in their choirs. It isn't often that you can find an album that has such a combination of styles, and it is refreshing to listen to. If nothing else, purchase this CD for the title piece Fern Hill
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Lash on March 8, 2012
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I bought this disc many years ago, and I keep returning to it for superb performances of gorgeous music. This was Bruffy's second disc with the wonderful Kansas City Chorale, and he had already shaped their now-famous choral sound. So many superlatives: it is the best rendition on record of Corigliano's compelling Fern Hill and l'Invitation au Voyage; it is the only commercial recording of two beautiful pieces which have a permanent place in the repertoire of school choirs (Mulholland's A Red Red Rose and Wilberg's I'm Goin' Away), as does Spencer's setting of Donne, all deservedly so; and I believe it is the only recording anywhere of Jean Belmont's The Roadside Fire, a real gem published in Canada in 1990 that ought to be much better known. The whole program is strong, well-chosen and expertly sung throughout. A must-have for choral enthusiasts.
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