1.  JS Bach (1685–1750): Weg mit allen Schätzen
    Verse 4 of the Motet: Jesu meine Freude BWV 227

Key Artist: Australian Chamber Choir. Role: Performer
Key Artist: Douglas Lawrence. Role: Conductor
Composer: JS Bach (1685–1750)
Text: Johann Franck in German (translation below)
Composed in October 1729
Duration: 1:05
Recorded by Martin Wright, Move Records
Recorded at Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Middle Park
Recording date: August, 2011

How does this example relate to the project?

The Motets of JS Bach are among the most complex and challenging in the choral repertoire and from the beginning, have played a key role in the ACC’s programs: “… the ACC’s vital reading of Bach’s Singet dem Herrn: choral work of the top rank, as lucidly articluated as you could desire, … with impressive purpose and intonational fidelity. Clive O’Connell, The Age, November 24, 2007.  A Bach Motet appears on the ACC’s touring program because of the profound influence of JS Bach on the four Australian composers/arrangers featured in this program. See also 4c. Press Release.

Away with all treasures!
You are my delight,
Jesus my joy!
Away with empty honours,
I will not heed them,
I remain ignorant of them!
Misery, distress, affliction, disgrace, death,
Even if I must endure much suffering
Will not separate me from you.

2. Robin Estrada (born 1970): Awit ni Solomon for mixed choir (1999)
Key Artist: Australian Chamber Choir. Role: Performer
Key Artist: Douglas Lawrence. Role: Conductor
Composer: Robin Estrada (born 1970, Manila)
Text: Song of Solomon (Chapter 8, verse 10) in Tagalog (translation below)
Composed in 1999
Duration: 4:54
Live Recording by Eric Pozza
Recorded at St Paul’s Church, Manuka, Canberra
Recording date: October 12, 2013

How does this example relate to the project?

This is an example of a demanding contemporary work, demonstrating this choir’s ability to sing accurately and expressively in 16 voice-parts, using both conventional and extended vocal techniques. In this respect, the work is similar to Stephen Leek’s Kondalilla, which the choir will sing as part oof its touring program. Music critic, Klaus Trapp described a performance that included this work: “The Australian Chamber Choir presented as a professional and dynamic ensemble, whose 18 members navigated this demanding program with a firm sense of style and expressive delivery” Darmstädter Echo, Germany, July 5, 2013. Click here to read more.

Song of Solomon (Chapter 8, Verse 10)
I am a wall,
and my breasts like towers:
then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.

3.  Moses Hogan (1957-2003): Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel? (c.2000)
Key Artist: Australian Chamber Choir. Role: Performer
Key Artist: Douglas Lawrence. Role: Conductor
Composer: Moses Hogan (1957-2003)
Text: Anon, traditional
Composed in 2000
Duration: 2:25
Filmed in concert by Neil Lawrence, Lawrence Creative
Recorded at Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Middle Park
Recording date: October 12, 2013


How does this example relate to your project?

Most of our concert programs end with one or two encores, usually at least one popular-style piece such as this one. Audiences often comment on the choir’s ability to sing convincingly across many different styles:

“The packed audience, fascinated by the choir’s Australian repertoire – little-known in Europe – responded with a standing ovation and we were rewarded with a scintillating performance of an afro-american spiritual” Legnica Culture, Poland, July 16, 2013

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