Karen Amrhein | Book of Jonah

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Book of Jonah

by Karen Amrhein

It's not just about a guy and a fish! The entire Book of Jonah (from the Hebrew Bible) is set to compelling and imaginative music in this moving yet witty 48-minute oratorio, featuring top-notch soloists and an orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Book of Jonah I Prelude (feat. Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios)
2:55 $0.99
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2. Book of Jonah I Jonah's Flight 1a Arise (feat. Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios & Stephen Campbell, Tenor)
0:58 $0.99
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3. Book of Jonah I Jonah's Flight 1b Chorus 1 Psalm 139 (feat. Elizabeth Hungerford, Soprano / Alto, Stephen Campbell, Tenor, Jennifer Holbrook, Soprano / Alto, Karen Amrhein, Piano & Alex Rosen, Bass)
2:20 $0.99
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4. Book of Jonah I Jonah's Flight 1cd Tempest Chorus 2 Psalm 93 (feat. Stephen Campbell, Tenor, Alex Rosen, Bass, Elizabeth Hungerford, Soprano / Alto, Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios & Jennifer Holbrook, Soprano / Alto)
2:50 $0.99
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5. Book of Jonah I Jonah's Flight 1e the Mariners (feat. Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios, Stephen Campbell, Tenor & Alex Rosen, Bass)
4:52 $0.99
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6. Book of Jonah I Jonah's Flight 1f Chorus 3 Psalm 18 (feat. Elizabeth Hungerford, Soprano / Alto, Jennifer Holbrook, Soprano / Alto, Alex Rosen, Bass, Stephen Campbell, Tenor & Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios)
3:00 $0.99
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7. Book of Jonah II Pavane (feat. Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios)
2:30 $0.99
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8. Book of Jonah II Jonah's Psalm 2ab I Cried (feat. Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios, Alex Rosen, Bass & Stephen Campbell, Tenor)
4:35 $0.99
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9. Book of Jonah II Jonah's Psalm 2c Chorus 4 Psalm 29 (feat. Alex Rosen, Bass, Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios, Stephen Campbell, Tenor, Elizabeth Hungerford, Soprano / Alto & Jennifer Holbrook, Soprano / Alto)
2:25 $0.99
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10. Book of Jonah III Passacaglia (feat. Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios)
5:10 $0.99
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11. Book of Jonah III Jonah's Message 3a Arise (feat. Alex Rosen, Bass, Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios & Stephen Campbell, Tenor)
4:00 $0.99
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12. Book of Jonah III Jonah's Message 3b Chorus 5 Psalm 51 (feat. Stephen Campbell, Tenor, Elizabeth Hungerford, Soprano / Alto, Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios, Jennifer Holbrook, Soprano / Alto & Alex Rosen, Bass)
3:35 $0.99
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13. Book of Jonah IV Jonah's Pout 4a I Knew You (feat. Stephen Campbell, Tenor, Alex Rosen, Bass & Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios)
6:28 $0.99
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14. Book of Jonah IV Jonah's Pout 4b Chorus 6 Psalm 139 Hold Me (feat. Elizabeth Hungerford, Soprano / Alto, Jennifer Holbrook, Soprano / Alto, Stephen Campbell, Tenor, Alex Rosen, Bass & Orchestra by Ravel Virtual Studios)
2:25 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Composer Karen Amrhein (b. 1970) has written for orchestra, wind ensemble, chorus, and chamber ensemble.

Her music has been described as "seriously worth investigating for study and public performance.... Succinct in style and scope, it provides the audience a capsulized aroma of mid-twentieth century harmonic idioms as well as some fresh melodic direction.... [and it] leaves the listener wanting more." - The Horn Call

"Amrhein is tonally oriented, lyrical, and composes with an insightful sense of instrumental possibility. She is also a fine contrapuntalist who is equally adept at thinking both vertically and horizontally. Her lines are enlivened by quirky rhythms, and the harmonies that their convergences generate at key points are never less than pleasingly surprising." - William Zagorski, Fanfare Magazine

"Karen is very sensitive to melody, and quite insightful as to the harmonic structure that will best support it. What results is both engaging and intriguing, as well as emotionally satisfying, not infrequently witty, and quite often uplifting - all characteristics and affects that seem regrettably rare in the work of more recent times." - Composer Robert Sirota, former President of the Manhattan School of Music and former Director of the Peabody Institute

Among Karen's works are her ballet "Little Nemo in Slumberland" for wind ensemble / symphony orchestra (inspired by the influential early 20th-Century comic strip by Winsor McCay); "Symphony of Seasons" for wind ensemble / orchestra - written for and premiered by Harlan Parker and the Peabody Wind Ensemble; five chamber orchestra concertos, including the clarinet concerto "Event Horizon", written for and recorded by Richard Stoltzman; six sonatas for soloist and piano; two string quartets and a string trio; a collection of dances for piano entitled "Dance Card"; a series of "story scores" including a suite for piano quintet based on her short story cycle, "The Unsheathed Heart", and works for narrator(s) and musical ensemble including "Princess Paliné", "The Gift of the Magi", and "The Christmas Mirror".

Karen is an award-winning member of ASCAP, a recipient of a 2005 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her music has been performed by ensembles including the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Susquehanna Symphony, the Hewlett-Packard Symphony, the Peabody Wind Ensemble, and the Mariner String Quartet. She has a B.A. in Medieval History from the University of California, San Diego and is an alumna of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. CDs of her chamber and orchestral music, featuring soloists Richard Stoltzman, Nicholas Currie, Lura Johnson, and Oscar Lopez Plaza, and performed by Kirk Trevor and the Slovak Radio Symphony, the Mariner String Quartet, and others, are available on the Happy Lemon Music Publishing and the MMC Recordings labels.

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