The Mask
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80547     Release Date: 1998-01-01

The New York Concert Singers; St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble; Judith Clurman, conductor

The New York Concert Singers'’s second disc on New World makes available on disc again two of Virgil Thomson’'s most beautiful choral works, Hymns from the Old South, and Four Songs to Poems of Thomas Campion. It also introduces the world-premiere recording of William Bolcom’'s The Mask as well as the definitive reading of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’'s setting of Garcí­a Lorca poems for guitar and four-part chorus, Romancero Gitano.

Hymns from the Old South are loving arrangements for a capella choir of four of the hymn-tunes that Thomson was so fond of. The Four Songs to Poems of Thomas Campion make subtle use of an obbligato viola and clarinet and harp to recreate something of the sensuous blending of voices that one hears in an Elizabethan consort of viols. Thomson'’s famous sensitivity to the marriage of word and music, allied with his characteristically direct and communicative style, make these cycles essential listening for anyone with an interest in either the composer or choral music in general.

The Mask-a cycle of five poems drawn from the Harlem Renaissance and other periods of African-American literature-explores the theme of identity in settings for chorus and piano that combine popular and classical elements in Bolcom’'s signature style. Romancero Gitano (Gypsy Ballads) inhabits the distinctly dark, mystical, and wild world of Lorca's imagination as filtered through Castelnuovo-Tedesco's own decidedly neo-Romantic sensibility.

New York Concert Singers

The Mask

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Track Listing

Hymns From the Old South: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
Virgil Thomson
Hymns From the Old South: The Morning Star
Virgil Thomson
Hymns From the Old South: Green Fields
Virgil Thomson
Hymns From the Old South: Death, 'tis a melancholy day
Virgil Thomson
The Mask: I. We Wear the Mask
William Bolcom
The Mask: II. Heritage
William Bolcom
The Mask: III. Shadow
William Bolcom
The Mask: IV. Worn Faces
William Bolcom
The Mask: V. Interlude for Natalie (for piano)
William Bolcom
The Mask: VI. Portrait
William Bolcom
Four Songs to Poems of Thomas Campion: Follow Your Saint
Virgil Thomson
Four Songs to Poems of Thomas Campion: There Is a Garden in Her Face
Virgil Thomson
Four Songs to Poems of Thomas Campion: Rose Cheek'd Laura, Come
Virgil Thomson
Four Songs to Poems of Thomas Campion: Follow Thy Fair Sun
Virgil Thomson
Romancero Gitano, Op. 152: I. Baladilla de los Tres Rios
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Romancero Gitano, Op. 152: II. La Guitarra
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Romancero Gitano, Op. 152: III. El Punal
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Romancero Gitano, Op. 152: IV. Procesion
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Romancero Gitano, Op. 152: V. Memento
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Romancero Gitano, Op. 152: VI. Baile
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Romancero Gitano, Op. 152: VII. Crotalo
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco