Prayer dances / Christian Heim.
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This is the central issue of my music: its meditative and
ecstatic quality. It is the result of uniting prayer with dance,
sacred with secular, and the human with the Divine. - Christian
A past pupil of Peter Sculthorpe and New York maestro Giampaolo Bracali, composer / music therapist Christian Heim believes that folk music, art music and chant can communicate the incomprehensible.
Recorded in the Concert Hall of the Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle, Heim's debut Move CD features Nicholas Routley directing the Sydney Chamber Choir and Sprung Percussion in premiere performances of the two sacred Prayer Dances, as well as A Pater Noster, the Lament, New Wine, Meditation, Love Song, Lullaby and the Benedicamus Domino.
Duration: 62 min.
Contents note: Prayer dance 1 -- Transformed -- New wine -- Meditation: Pange lingua -- Visions of Zechariah -- Benedicamus Domino -- A Pater noster -- Love song -- Lament -- Prayer dance 2 -- Lullaby.
Liner notes include programme notes, song texts, and biographical notes on composer and performers.
Performers: Sydney Chamber Choir ; Nicholas Routley (choir director) ; Sprung Percussion (Prayer dance 1, Transformed, New wine, Lament, Prayer dance 2); Christian Heim (piano: A Pater Noster, Love song) ; Miriam Allan (soprano: Love song) ; Miriam Lawson (harp: Lament) ; Andrew Chubb (viola: Lament)
Capture session: recorded in June 1999 in the Concert Hall of the Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle ; Grand piano: Stuart and Sons.
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