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Randall Thompson: Requiem

The Philadelphia Singers, David Hayes

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Requiem  
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Part I: Lamentations
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
6:29
2
Part II: The Triumph of Faith: Why make ye this ado?
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
1:49
3
Part II: The Triumph of Faith: What man is he?
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
6:04
4
Part II: The Triumph of Faith: Good tidings to the meek
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
2:47
5
Part III: The Call to Song: Be filled with the spirit
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
1:36
6
Part III: The Call to Song: O let the nations be glad
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
2:30
7
Part III: The Call to Song: Sing unto Him
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
2:59
8
Part III: The Call to Song: Utter a song
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
2:57
9
Part IV: The Garment of Praise: Sing with the spirit
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
1:14
10
Part IV: The Garment of Praise: Let everything that hath breath
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
0:46
11
Part IV: The Garment of Praise: Let them give glory
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
2:23
12
Part IV: The Garment of Praise: Praise Him all ye stars of light
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
3:21
13
Part IV: The Garment of Praise: I am their music
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
2:29
14
Part V: The Leave-taking: Ye were sometimes darkness
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
5:19
15
Part V: The Leave-taking: The Lord shall be unto thee
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
1:06
16
Part V: The Leave-taking: Return unto thy rest
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
2:36
17
Part V: The Leave-taking: Thou hast given him
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
2:25
18
Part V: The Leave-taking: Amen and amen, alleluia
Randall Thompson; Philadelphia Singers; David Hayes
6:27
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    55:17
The Philadelphia Singers present this world premiere of Randall Thompson’s Requiem, considered his masterpiece, written in response to the death of close friends and colleagues. Using a diverse selection of Biblical verses, it takes the form of a dramatic dialogue between two choirs, a "chorus of mourners" and a "chorus of the faithful," concerning eternal life. Recorded here for the first time in its complete form, this Requiem is an emotional and dramatically intense journey of conflict and resolution, entirely unique within American music history and the requiem tradition as a whole.

"Randall Thompson’s name is virtually synonymous with American choral music ... part of the core repertory of choruses of all shapes and sizes. And yet, one of his greatest choral works, one that could easily be considered his masterpiece, is virtually unknown to American choruses and their audiences: his Requiem ... the Philadelphia Singers set out to reclaim Thompson’s Requiem as a vital and important part of the American choral canon by creating a recording that would help choral leaders and choruses as well as the larger concert going public become aware of its great beauty and power. It is our fervent hope that (this neglected masterpiece) will finally earn a place in the repertory of choruses everywhere."
- David Hayes, conductor
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at the Curtis Institute of Music, Gould Rehearsal Hall, Philadelphia, PA, on 25th and 26th January, 2014
Produced and engineered by David Pasbrig
Publisher: E.C. Schirmer Music Co.
Booklet notes: Zachary J. Vreeman
Cover photograph by fcafotodigital / iStockphoto

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