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Houston Chamber Choir

Circlesong

  • Type CD
  • Label Signum Classics
  • UPC 0635212070321
  • Catalog number SIGCD 703
  • Release date 21 January 2022
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About the album

A work filled with ambition, Circlesong is a musical portrayal of the human life cycle as captured in the indigenous poetry of North America. Based on poetry from the Chinook, Comanche, Dakota, Eskimo, Iroquois, Kwakiutl, Navajo, Ojibwa, Pueblo, Seminole, Sioux, and Yaqui traditions, the thirteen movements, in seven parts, mark the different stages of life, from birth and childhood to adulthaood, middle age and death. With energetic percussion accompaniment, climactic moments for tutti choir, tender unaccompanied passages and solo song, Circlesong is a work of impressive drama, variety, and depth, peformed here by the Grammy® Award winning Houston Chamber Choir under Robert Simpson.

Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Robert Simpson, the Houston Chamber Choir received the 2019 Grammy® Award for Best Choral Performance for its recording of the complete works of Maurice Duruflé (also available from Signum). Other honours include Chorus America’s Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the American Prize, Professional Choir Division. Dubbed by Jamie Bernstein as“the choral equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters” the Houston Chamber Choir is as comfortable singing jazz with Christian McBride and Dave Brubeck as performing Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel with violist Kim Kashkashian, and Mass Observation by Tarik O’Regan.

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    Circlesong Introduction: Beauty Before Me / We Wait In Darkness
     
    05:00
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    Circlesong Part I, Birth: Song for Bringing a Child into the World
     
    03:24
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    Circlesong Part I, Birth: Newborn
     
    02:31
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    Circlesong Part II, Childhood: Yaqui Song
     
    01:03
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    Circlesong Part II, Childhood: A Child's Song
     
    00:49
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    Circlesong Part II, Childhood: Give Me Strength
     
    03:18
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    Circlesong Part III, Lover: Chinook Songs
     
    01:20
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    Circlesong Part III, Lover: Over the Wave
     
    02:35
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    Circlesong Part IV, Adulthood: Summer Song
     
    02:30
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    Circlesong Part V, Middle Age: O Great Spirit
     
    06:25
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    Circlesong Part VI, Old Age: In the House Made of Dawn
     
    05:08
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    Circlesong Part VII, Death: Farewell, My Brother
     
    01:46
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    Circlesong Part VII, Death: The Sun’s Beams are Running Out / We Wait in the DarknessGBLLH2270301
     
    05:13
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    Like a Rainbow
     
    03:50
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    All Things Pass
     
    04:19
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    Circles of Motion
     
    02:44
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    Walking the Red Road
     
    03:46

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