New light new hope / Gondwana Voices.
Featured Australian works
||Memorial rag (2001) for children's choir and string quartet||Elena Kats-Chernin||5 mins, 30 sec.|
||Island songs (1994) for SA choir||Stephen Leek||6 min, 42 sec.|
||New Gondwana for SA choir||Stephen Leek and Lyn Williams||2 min, 41 sec.|
Gondwana Voices’ first album for ABC Classics, New Hope New Light, speaks of hope and peace in our unsettled world.
Gondwana Voices is the renowned choir comprising young singers, ages 10-16, from throughout Australia. Created in 1997 by Artistic Director Lyn Williams, the choir has built a worldwide reputation for musical excellence, thrilling audiences with its spirited and innovative performances.
The choir’s many high-profile performances include representing Australia at a gathering of the world’s finest choirs at the Fifth World Symposium on Choral Music in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, performing in Hong Kong, France and the UK, Choralfest in Melbourne and the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival. They were also part of the Centennial Ceremony, telecast throughout Australia, and toured Michael Leunig’s Parables, Lullabies and Secrets with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Neil Finn to tremendous critical acclaim.
The repertoire on this disc shows the choir off to their best advantage. A mixture of atmospheric and beautifully moving works, through to those that are fun and joyous, listening to this album is an inspiring and uplifting musical experience.
Duration: 74 min.
Contents note: A new Gondwana / Stephen Leek -- The sea of berries (from Turn on the open sea) / Paul Jarman -- Weep you no more sad fountains / Ronald Corp -- Memorial rag / Elena Kats-Chernin -- Mi'Kmaq honour song / Lydia Adams -- Shackleton (from Turn on the open sea) / Paul Jarman -- Vesi vÃ¤syy lumen alle / Harri Wessman -- Psalm trilogy: Psalm 23 / Srul Irving Glick -- Ferry me across the water / Lyn Williams -- The Angel Gabriel / arr. John Raymond Howell -- On suuri sun rantas autius / arr. Matti HyÃ¶kki -- Volta do mar Largo (from Turn on the open sea) / Paul Jarman -- The water of Tyne / arr. Michael Neaum -- For the beauty of the earth / John Rutter -- Dancing-song / ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly -- Ancient city / Andrew de Teliga, arr. Paul Jarman -- Nigra sum (I am black) / Pablo Casals, arr. Lyn Williams -- Angel's carol / John Rutter -- Island songs: Monkey and turtle, Trade winds, Morning tide / arr. Stephen Leek.
This product forms part of the following series: ABC classics.
Performers: Gondwana Voices ; Lyn Williams (conductor: A new Gondwana, Memorial rag) Mark O'Leary (conductor: Island songs) ; Anna McDonald (violin: Memorial rag) ; Alice Evans (violin: Memorial rag) ; Brett Dean (viola: Memorial rag) ; Peter Morrison (cello: Memorial rag).
Liner notes include program notes, song texts and biographical notes on performers and conductors.
Capture session: 16-18, 22-24 January 2002, Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW.
- CD booklet notes: New light new hope [ABC Classics: 4728222]
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