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Dan Forrest: Requiem for the Living

by Providence Singers & Christine Noel

One hundred voices and orchestra delivering the reimagining of traditional themes - the merging of dynamic, shared emotion and introspective, personal experience.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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1. Requiem for the Living: I. Introit and Kyrie
Providence Singers & Christine Noel
9:40 album only
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2. Requiem for the Living: II. Vanitas Vanitatum
Providence Singers & Christine Noel
6:16 $1.29
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3. Requiem for the Living: III. Agnus Dei
Providence Singers & Christine Noel
6:32 $1.29
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4. Requiem for the Living: IV. Sanctus
Providence Singers & Christine Noel
7:37 $1.29
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5. Requiem for the Living: V. Lux Aeterna
Providence Singers, Christine Noel & Kilian Mooney
8:31 $1.29
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Requiem for the Living was still a new work, little more than a year old when the Providence Singers performed it in 2014. It was the group’s first encounter with the music of Dan Forrest.

The score was readable, rehearsals went smoothly, the chorus was confident and ready. What happened in performance was unexpected. Singers on the risers saw evidence of a higher than usual degree of audience engagement, which post-concert comments confirmed. Listeners connected with this Requiem.

There were noticeable high-interest points. The gruff “Vanitas Vanitatum” was a stark contrast for the “Lacrimosa” in the second movement. In performance and for this recording, a small choir of young soprano voices delivered the solos in the Agnus Dei and Lux Aeterna movements. The tenor solo solo presented the living with a sudden and recognizable text in English amid the Requiem’s Latin: “Come unto me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden …”

The experience of the work in performance, both for chorus and audience, led almost inevitably to this recording.

A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest — traditionally, for the
deceased. The five movements of Requiem for the Living, however,
form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle
with pain and sorrow, as for the dead.
- Dan Forrest

In its three studio recordings to date, the Providence Singers has offered American Masterpieces that deserve to be better known and appreciated. The Prairie, a setting of Carl Sandburg's poem by a young and talented Lucas Foss, had not been performed for 20 years. Dominick Argento's oratorio Jonah and the Whale combined engaging Medieval texts with 20th-century compositional approaches. Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro featured a Buddhist text, sung in Esperanto, accompanied by an American gamelan, designed by the composer.

Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living sets texts that are familiar to anyone acquainted with the traditional Requiem — Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei — but in performance the work proved unexpectedly powerful for both audience and chorus. Its emphasis on the search for peace and rest, its “Vanitas vanitatum” critique of contemporary culture, and its quiet resolution engaged the audience in profound new ways. Requiem for the Living would become the fourth project in the American Masterpieces series.

The American Masterpieces recordings are part of the Providence Singers mission to support and advance choral music. In addition to performing works from the choral canon, the Singers regularly commissions new work and performs national and regional premieres. In 2006 it established the Wachner Fund for New Music, which has underwritten compositions by Tarik O’Regan, Elena Ruehr and, in 2017, Ola Gjeilo.

The 100-voice chorus, founded in 1971, is based in East Providence, Rhode Island. Alone or in collaboration with orchestras and other ensembles, it offers engaging and innovative concerts covering a broad spectrum of choral music. Its programs of choral education reach high school singers in southeastern New England, including the Young Men’s Choral Festival, a day-long annual workshop for young male singers grades 8 to 12 conducted by nationally distinguished choral clinicians.

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