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The Singing Guitar

Conspirare, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Texas Guitar Quartet, Austin Guitar Quartet, Craig Hella Johnson

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1.1
When the Guitar
Reena Esmail; Lauren McAllister; Tim O'Brien; Dann Coakwell; Conspirare; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
6:29
How Little You Are  
1.2
No. 1, We Washed Our Faces at the Spring
Nico Muhly; Estelí Gomez; Laura Mercado-Wright; Steven Soph; Conspirare; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Texas Guitar Quartet; Austin Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
7:33
1.3
No. 2, Do You Remember
Nico Muhly; Conspirare; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Texas Guitar Quartet; Austin Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
6:05
1.4
No. 3, A Long-Drawn Wall
Nico Muhly; Estelí Gomez; Kathlene Ritch; Carr Hornbuckle; Wilson Nichols; Simon Barrad; Conspirare; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Texas Guitar Quartet; Austin Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
6:23
1.5
Interlude. Springtime
Nico Muhly; Estelí Gomez; Lauren McAllister; Conspirare; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Texas Guitar Quartet; Austin Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
3:00
1.6
No. 4, How Little You Are
Nico Muhly; Estelí Gomez; Conspirare; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Texas Guitar Quartet; Austin Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
7:14
1.7
No. 5, The Night Herders
Nico Muhly; Estelí Gomez; Laura Mercado-Wright; Steven Soph; Conspirare; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Texas Guitar Quartet; Austin Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
10:35
The Dawn's Early Light  
1.8
No. 1, I, Sarah Winnemucca
Kile Smith; Conspirare; Douglas Harvey; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
1:35
1.9
No. 2, My Grandfather Jumped Up
Kile Smith; Conspirare; Douglas Harvey; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
4:03
1.10
No. 3, While They Were Fishing
Kile Smith; Conspirare; Douglas Harvey; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
4:47
1.11
No. 4, The Paiutes Are Not Fond of Going to War
Kile Smith; Conspirare; Douglas Harvey; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
2:15
1.12
No. 5, The Star-Spangled Banner
Kile Smith; Conspirare; Douglas Harvey; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
5:28
1.13
No. 6, I Shall Be Beautiful
Kile Smith; Conspirare; Douglas Harvey; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Craig Hella Johnson
2:57
1.14
The Song That I Came to Sing
Craig Hella Johnson; Conspirare; Douglas Harvey; Craig Hella Johnson
2:45
Total Playing Time    71:09
The wonderful Conspirare chamber choir, known for its interpretive depth and otherworldly sonic lushness, offers another of its captivating programs—this time joined by three superb guitar quartets—in a program remarkably relevant to our time.

Conspirare’s 2019 Delos album, The Hope of Loving, was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for "Best Choral Performance" in 2020. The concert version of The Singing Guitar was performed to full houses in 2019. The combination of guitar quartet and chorus is so successful it’s surprising that more composers have not written for it. Four recently written compositions feature the voices of Conspirare accompanied by guitar—twelve guitars in Nico Muhly’s "How Little You Are", a compelling composition telling of the struggles of pioneer women. Kile Smith’s "The Dawn’s Early Light" ponders our national anthem in the writings of a Native American woman, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins. The album is rounded out with compositions by Reena Esmail and Conspirare’s founder and director Craig Hella Johnson.
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