Chestnut Street Singers, The Laughing Bird & PhilHarmonia | 40 Voices Singing: Live at the Rotunda

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40 Voices Singing: Live at the Rotunda

by Chestnut Street Singers, The Laughing Bird & PhilHarmonia

Live choral singing on a grand scale, with singers surrounding the audience for such masterworks as Thomas Tallis' "Spem in alium".
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Anoj Pusėj Dunojėlio (Live)
Chestnut Street Singers, The Laughing Bird, PhilHarmonia & Caroline Winschel
4:58 $0.99
2. Lux Antiqua (Live)
Chestnut Street Singers, The Laughing Bird & PhilHarmonia
8:04 $0.99
3. Heyr, himna smiður (Live)
Chestnut Street Singers, The Laughing Bird & PhilHarmonia
3:12 $0.99
4. Spem in alium (Live)
Chestnut Street Singers, The Laughing Bird & PhilHarmonia
10:17 album only
5. Mass in G Minor: I. Kyrie (Live)
Chestnut Street Singers, The Laughing Bird, PhilHarmonia, Leslie Johnson, Maren Montalbano, John Piccolini & Colin Dill
4:19 $0.99
6. Missa Sine Nomine à 4: Gloria (Live)
The Laughing Bird
3:53 $0.99
7. Russian Credo (1964 Version) [Live]
Chestnut Street Singers
2:40 $0.99
8. Chichester Mass: Sanctus - Benedictus (Live)
3:42 $0.99
9. Agnus Dei (Live)
Chestnut Street Singers, The Laughing Bird & PhilHarmonia
7:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
Recorded live on March 15, 2015, this program was designed as a showcase for ensemble-level collaboration:
to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their founding, the Chestnut Street Singers, Philadelphia’s only cooperative
chamber choir, collaborated with other choral groups, The Laughing Bird and PhilHarmonia, to share masterful choral
singing on a grand scale.
The first half of the program was performed in the round,with singers surrounding the audience. Its centerpiece is
Thomas Tallis’ legendary Spem in alium, a rarely performed masterpiece of Renaissance polyphony, with 40 singers each singing their own independent part.
The second half is presented as an “eclectic mass,” in which each movement of the Latin liturgical
mass is by a different composer from a different era. The three central movements were performed by the independent
choirs, and the ensembles collaborated on the opening Kyrie and closing Agnus Dei.
This performance took place in the sanctuary of the Rotunda at the University of Pennsylvania.
The sanctuary is a peerless and remarkable space: it is capped by an 80-foot-diameter dome, which creates a
unique acoustic for a truly immersive sound, and although it is beautifully lit by doublestory arched windows, the space does not have modern heating or lighting—just like the Renaissance halls in which Tallis’ motet was
originally performed.

1.Anoj pusėj Dunojėlio, Vaclovas Augustinas (b. 1959) [4:58]
Caroline Winschel, soprano
2. Lux Antiqua, Jordan Nobles (b. 1969) [8:04]
3. Heyr, himna smiður, Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938–2013) [3:12]
(Psalm by Kolbeinn Tumason)
4. Spem in alium, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505–1585) [10:17]
5. Kyrie from Mass in G minor, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) [4:19]
Leslie Johnson, soprano; Maren Montalbano, mezzo-soprano;
John Piccolini, tenor; Colin Dill, bass
6. Gloria from Missa sine nomine à 4, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525–1594) [3:53]
The Laughing Bird
7. Russian Credo (1964 Version), Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) [2:40]
Chestnut Street Singers
8. Sanctus and Benedictus from Chichester Mass, William Albright (1944–1998) [3:42]
9. Agnus Dei, Samuel Barber (1910–1981) [7:25]

Unless otherwise indicated, pieces were performed by the massed ensemble, and conducted by
Josh Dearing or Mitos Andaya Hart.
Program conceived by the Chestnut Street Singers, featuring the Laughing Bird and PhilHarmonia.
Recording produced by Bill Houston
Cover design by Jill Carson | Photography by Sharon Torello
Recording/Mixing by Bill Houston | Mastering by Dave Pettit
Recorded with a single Soundfield DSF-1 microphone decoded to “Blumlein” (fig 8’s at 90 deg).
Pieces 1-4 recorded with the choir in a circle around the audience and the mic in the center.
Pieces 5-8 recorded with the choir and mic in front of the audience.

An additional performance of this program took place at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.
These concerts were made possible with support from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, PECO, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation.
Special thanks to Norman Fouhy, Bill Houston, Sharon Torello, and Gina
Renzi for their help in bringing these concerts and this recording to fruition.

℗ 2016 Chestnut Street Singers



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