From trumpet fanfares to deeply moving spirituals, you'll find something special to celebrate Holy Week in the Peter White Public Library's music CD collection.
Amore Infinito / Songs Inspired by the Poems of John Paul II by Karol Wojtyla. Ignatius Press reports of this CD "that before Karol Wojtyla became John Paul II, he wrote poetry during years as a quarry worker, playwright, actor, seminary student, and priest." This CD features songs composed by Placido Domingo which are "an inspiring collection based on JPII's poems, as an affirmation of faith and tribute to the late Pope." Among these songs are four duets performed by Domingo with Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Vanessa Williams and Katherine Jenkins. The songs are performed in Latin, Italian, Spanish and English, with translations appearing only for the English songs.
Baroque Music for Trumpets by Wynton Marsalis. This performance by Wynton Marsalis of trumpet concertos by Vivaldi and Telemann with the English Chamber Orchestra demonstrate why his interpretations of Baroque music have become benchmarks in the classical music world. Wynton Marsalis recorded the multiple trumpet solos under the direction of conductor Raymond Leppard at St. Barnabas Church in North London using a system of multi-track masters.
Catholic Latin Classics by Chicago Cathedral Singers. Founded in 1991 as a mostly recording ensemble, the Cathedral Singers have produced more than 20 CD recordings under the direction of conductor and composer Richard Proulx. This recording of sacred Latin texts spans five centuries and includes selections such as "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert, "Jubilate Deo" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and "Panis Angelicus" by Cesar Franck.
Easter Oratorio; Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach was first performed as a cantata for Easter Sunday in Leipzig on April 1, 1725. Recorded by the Philadelphia Orchestra directed by Eugene Ormandy, this CD offers performances by soloists Judith Raskin (soprano), Maureen Forrester (contralto), Richard Lewis (tenor), and Herbert Beattie (bass). Also on this CD is a recording of "The Magnificat in D Major" by the New York Philharmonic directed by Leonard Bernstein. It features soloists Lee Venora (soprano I), Jennie Tourel (soprano II), Russell Oberlin (countertenor), Charles Bressler (tenor), and Norman Farrow (bass).
Faire is the Heaven: Music of the English Church, performed by the Cambridge Singers and directed by John Rutter, this selection of unaccompanied English church music is organized into four sets of songs: music of the Latin rite, music of the Reformation, music of the Restoration, and music of the Anglican revival and the 20th century. Extensive program notes and English translations provide useful information for each of the motets and anthems featured on this recording.
Jubilant Sykes Sings Copland and Spirituals by Jubilant Sykes. Classically trained American baritone Sykes joins with the London Symphony Orchestra directed by Andrew Litton to create a masterful performance of spirituals and Copland songs. Tremendous range and depth of emotion can be heard in this rendition of spirituals which include "Ride On, King Jesus," "Were You There?." "Go Down, Moses." and "Leanin' On That Lamb." Also on this CD is a performance of settings of traditional American folk songs set to great critical acclaim by Aaron Copland in 1950.
The Passion of Christ / Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by John Debney was nominated in 2004 for the Academy Award for Best Original Score. The soundtrack is filled with exotic and modernistic musical elements that combine orchestral strings with electric and electronic instruments. The background music John Debney created for Mel Gibson's film is alternately dogmatic and graceful, yet ominous enough to match the drama of Jesus' final hours.
- Lisa Shirtz