1.  Christine McCombe (born 1967): Epic (Melbourne premiere, 2011)

The Australian Chamber Choir, directed by Douglas Lawrence

Excerpt from the full work, filmed at Our Lady of Mt Carmel in October, 2011 (3’55″)

How does this example relate to your project?
Epic was performed in Melbourne, Geelong, Albury, Wagga Wagga and Wangaratta in 2011.  In 2013 Christine McCombe will be the ACC’s Composer in Residence.  She will compose a new work, entitled Lexicon of Dreams to be premiered in Melbourne  and Castlemaine in June. The work will form the centrepiece of the Bridge of Dreams  European tour program.

 

2.  Heinrich Schütz (1585-72): Saul (1650)

The Australian Chamber Choir, directed by Douglas Lawrence

Filmed at Our Lady of Mt Carmel in October, 2011 (3’30″)

Text:
Saul, why do you persecute me?
It will be hard for you to kick against the thorns.

How does this example relate to your project?
In order to develop a rapport with German audiences, it is important to sing at least one German masterwork: Heinrich Schütz was the most famous German composer before JS Bach. This work demonstrates the choir’s ability to sing in 16 parts. Many of the works on the Bridge of Dreams touring program alternate solos with thicker choral textures. This work demonstrates the ensemble’s flexibility, with many rapid-fire changes of texture where almost every voice has an exposed solo line for one or more phrases. As one German journalist remarked “each singer can blend perfectly with the choral sound and also step forward as an impeccable soloist”  - Schwäbischer Zeiting (CLICK HERE to read the full review).

 

3.  Moses Hogan (1957-2003): Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel? (c.2000)

The Australian Chamber Choir, directed by Douglas Lawrence

Filmed at Our Lady of Mt Carmel in October, 2011 (2’25″)

How does this example relate to your project?
Most of our concert programs, including our European programs end with one or two encores, usually at least one popular-style piece such as this one. German audiences often comment on the choir’s ability to sing convincingly across many different styles: “The two spirituals given as an encore were simply stunning” Mathias Nofzer, General Anzeiger, Bonn, July 11, 2009 (CLICK HERE to read the full review).

 

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