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Larry L. Fleming

Director

Larry Fleming

Dr. Larry L. Fleming, founder and long-time music director of the National Lutheran Choir, was a noted conductor and composer of both choral and instrumental music.

Fleming, Founder A native of Cut Bank, Montana, Fleming attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota on a $50 music scholarship. After his graduation in 1960 he became the first full-time director of music at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis, where he conducted a 65-voice choir for six years. During the same period, he taught music and liturgy at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and served as an editorial consultant and clinician for Augsburg Publishing House.

In 1966, Fleming accepted the position of Director of Choral Activities and Director of Chapel Music at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he taught until 1974. He left there to study in Europe and pursue a number of composition commissions and appointments as guest conductor. In 1976, he returned to teaching, at Concordia College for three years, and then in 1979 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

While at Augsburg, Fleming founded the enormously popular Advent Vespers which is still held each Christmas at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. He also continued to study while teaching, earning a Ph.D. in musicology and music theory from the University of Minnesota.

Each step in his career as conductor and teacher in academic settings - colleges, universities and seminaries; professional settings - concerts and clinics, has brought him critical acclaim, academic honors and a reputation for innovation. Throughout all, he nurtured a dream of a professional ensemble of singers and instrumentalists which would perform music of the church at the highest artistic level possible. Inspired by the work of Wilhelm Ehmann and the German Kantorei tradition and encouraged by many supporters from across the country, in 1986 he left Augsburg to found the National Lutheran Choir, serving as its music director until his retirement in 1999.

Discography

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National Lutheran Choir : A New Song : 00  1 CD : Larry L. Fleming : 

National Lutheran Choir : A New Song

Review: The professional choral musicians of the National Lutheran Choir, selected by auditions held each May, are drawn from a 200-mile radius of Minneapolis/St. Paul for weekly rehearsals, and they represent the various Lutheran Church colleges and universities who have provided their undergraduate musical education. They perform literature from the entire spectrum of sacred choral works, all a cappella. A New Song, conducted by Larry L. Fleming, "A New Song" is an eclectic, varied collection of sacred music not often heard or performed. Richard Feliciano's dramatic and brooding "I Will Sing to the Lord" and "My Friend Had a Vineyard" set the tone for the collection, as does Eskil Hemberg's dissonant, eclectic "Signpost I." Darius Milhard's "Psalm 150" soars and surprises, Samuel Berber's "Lamb of God," George Oldroyd's "Prayer to Jesus," Durufle's "Ubi Caritas," Mark Gresham's "Set Me a Seal" and Kenneth Jennings' "Spirit of God" are sweet and lovely; Igor Stravinski's "The Dove Descending," Edmund Rubra's "Hymne to God" and Normand Lockwood's "Inscription from the Catacombs" have hauntingly dissonant harmonies. Each of these is a difficult-to-perform, rarely-heard gem, beautifully done by one of the world's most respected Christian choirs.

Songlist: I Will Sing To The Lord , My Friend Had A Vineyard, Jerusalem, Signpost I, Sixty-Seventh Psalm, Psalm 150, Thee Will I love , Priere, Lamb Of God , Prayer To Jesus , Ubi Caritas, Whither Shall I Go , O Vos Omnes, The Dove Descending , Sprirt Of God , Set Me As A Seal, Hymn To God, Inscription From The Catacombs, Our Father

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8589c 00 1 CD $15.98


National Lutheran Choir : Heritage Vol 1 - European : 00  1 CD : Larry L. Fleming : 

National Lutheran Choir : Heritage Vol 1 - European

Review: A wonderful collection of a cappella European sacred music sung exquisitely by this fine chorus.

Songlist: Sing We Merrily, Beati Quorum Via, Selig Sind Die Toten, Yea Though I Wander, Rejoice In the Lord, Die Mit Tranen Saen, How Great are Thy Wonders, Misericodias Domini, Ascendit Deus, Come, Holy Ghost, The Spirit Also Helpeth Us, O Lamb of God, Come, and Let Us Worship, Kyrie, Benedictus, Abendlied, Who Shall Separate Us, Nunc Dimittis

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8829c 00 1 CD $15.95


National Lutheran Choir : Pacem : 00  1 CD : Larry L. Fleming : 

National Lutheran Choir : Pacem

Review: Prolific, talented, Minneapolis-based, mixed-voice NLC, conducted by founder Dr. Larry L. Fleming (with guest conductors Paul Brandvik and Rene Clausen), brings us a joyful collection of Christian spiritual songs on "Pacem." Included in the 22 songs are the spirituals "Ain't Got Time to Die," "O Mary, Don't You Weep," "Come Away to the Skies" and "I Got Shoes." There's a special collection of 5 narrated Biblical songs, arranged by Fleming, called "The Innocents," that include"Can you hear the voice of the children" and "I love you, my sweet children, who are gone;" lovely and moving music.

Songlist: Ain't Got Time To Die, Creation Suite, A Rose Touched by the Sun's Warm Rays , Timor Et Tremor, Sanctus , O Lord, Increase My Faith , The King of Love, I Will Not Leave You Comfortless , God Will Pour Out , The Innocents , "Can you hear the voice of the children?", "Let all the nations be gathered together", "I love you, my sweet children, who are gone", In memoriam - The children of Dunblane, Scotland, "Sorrow and sighing shall flee away", A Song , Song for Athene , Sinner, Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass , O Mary, Don't You Weep , Eternitie , Come Away to the Skies, I Got Shoes

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7142c 00 1 CD $15.98


National Lutheran Choir : Soul : 00  1 CD : Larry L. Fleming : 

National Lutheran Choir : Soul

Review: "Soul" is a wonderful collection of Folk and Gospel Hymns and Spiritual Songs performed by Minneapolis/St. Paul's great professional choir. Conductor Larry L. Fleming arranges many of these tunes, and contributes one of his own compositions, the lovely, upbeat "Go and Tell John." "Three About Jesus:" "Every Time I Think About Jesus," "Give Me Jesus" and "Ride On, King Jesus" are particularly fine, as is the Paul Christiansen-arranged "My Song in the Night." The rousing spirituals "Saints Bound for Heaven" and "In That Great Getting' Up Mornin'" are marvelous. The final piece, the 9-part medley "River Suite," (piano accompanied and featuring outstanding vocalist Tom Tipton) is incredible enough by itself to gain our recommendation for "Soul." Another inspiring, finely-crafted winner from one of America's finest choirs!

Songlist: My God (Eli) , Go And Tell John - Larry L. Fleming- Larry L. Fleming, There Is A Balm Three About Jesus - Larry L. Fleming, Every Time I Think About Jesus - Larry L. Fleming, Give Me Jesus, Ride On, King Jesus, My Song In The Night, Saints Bound, My Soul - Jesus Loves Me , I Will Arise - Larry L. Fleming, Gettin' Up Mornin' , My Lord, What A Mornin', River Suite

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8595c 00 1 CD $15.95


National Lutheran Choir : The People's Song : 00  1 CD : Larry L. Fleming : 

National Lutheran Choir : The People's Song

Review: Minnesota's renowned, mixed-voice National Lutheran Choir, ably led by composer/arranger Fleming, begins this powerful 8-song collection with a 16-minute "Folk Hymn Suite" that features works from Spanish, Russian, Norwegian, Jewish, Irish, German, Black Spiritual, French and Swedish musical traditions, lightly accompanied. Following are several favorites, including the 14th century plainsong "Sing and Ponder," Wm. Billings' lilting "I am the Rose of Sharon," B.F. White's "The Morning Trumpet," "His Voice" and the joyous "Lord of the Dance." Beautiful and inspirational throughout!

Songlist: Folk Hymn Suite, Sing And Ponder , I Am The Rose Of Sharon , Humble Service , The Morning Trumpet, Jerusalem, My Happy Home , His Voice, Lord Of The Dance

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8316c 00 1 CD $15.98


National Lutheran Choir : Tree of Glory : 00  1 CD : Larry L. Fleming : 

National Lutheran Choir : Tree of Glory

Review: Minneapolis, MN-based National Lutheran Choir is comprised of professional choral musicians drawn from a 200-mile radius of Minneapolis-St. Paul, selected by auditions. Larry Fleming conducts this fine choir on "Tree" in beautiful sacred classical works like Francis Poulenc's "Vinea Mea Electa," Antonio Lotti's "Crucifixus," Frantisck Tuma's "Stabat Mater," Karl Graun's "Surely, He Has Bourne Our Griefs," Josef Rheinberger's "Dona Nobis Pacem" and the title tune by Paul J. Christiansen, who also did the arrangements for "Create In Me A Clean Heart, O God." Rene Clausen's "Peace I Leave With You" and Felix Mendelssohn's "See What Love" are also lovely. A wonderful collection by one of America's best choirs!

Songlist: Who Is This That Appeareth , Vinea Mea Electa , His Eyes Are Dim , Tree Of Glory, Crucifixus , Stabat Mater, Frantisek Turna, Christe , Ah, Holy Jesus , Surely, He Has Borne Our Greifs , LAmb Of God, Create In Me A Clen Heart O God , Dona Nobis Pacem, Rise Up My Love My Fair One, Peace I Love With You, See What Love , I See Blood Upon The Rose , Song Of Passion

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8317c 00 1 CD $15.98


National Lutheran Choir : While Angels Sing : 00  1 CD : Larry L. Fleming : 

National Lutheran Choir : While Angels Sing

Review: A professional choir from Minnesota, the Choir perform selections from a divergent literature. This is a seasonal recording, emphasizing classical compositions, not carols, and is subtitled "The Light Is Come"; loosely defined, the theme is the birth cycle of Christ. Works by Kodaly, Clausen, Poulenc, Bach, Christiansen and others are performed, with the exception of Dave Brubeck's "Gloria," a flamenco arrangement, and the recording's wild card. Several of the tracks are accompanied, such as "This Is The Christ," but with pristine and restrained orchestrations, lovely indeed. In keeping with the CD's seraphic motif, the choir's tone color is one of brilliance and purity.

Songlist: Restoration, Morning Star, In Darkest Night, Come, Awake, I Beheld Her, Magnificat, Tota Pulchra Es, A Spotless Rose, Now, O Come, My Soul's True Light, Et Incarnatus Est, A Christmas Carol, O Magnum Mysterium, Shining Stable In The Night, Maria Sat In Cattle Stall, While Angels Sing, Gloria, Born Today, Come, Return, And On That Day, Hush, My Dear, In Dulci Jubilo, Now All Poor, This Is The Christ, O Light Everlasting

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6429c 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

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