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Westminster Choir

Westminster Choir

Mixed Choral Chorus from NJ, United States.

Setting the standard for choral excellence for 90 years, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University's Westminster College of the Arts, in Princeton, N.J. It has been the chorus-in-residence for the Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus. The ensemble's 2010-2011 season includes a concert tour of Florida, performances at its home in Princeton, a broadcast of Westminster's annual An Evening of Readings and Carols holiday concert and its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA.

Its second recording with Maestro Miller, Noel, was released in September. A collection of French Christmas music and sacred works, the recording also features Westminster alumna Jennifer Larmore, the most recorded mezzo-soprano of our era, and organist Ken Cowan, a member of Westminster's faculty. The recording is also the centerpiece of the PRI Radio broadcast Noel - A Christmas from Paris, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin.

The choir's debut recording with Maestro Miller, Flower of Beauty, received four stars from Choir and Organ magazine and earned critical praise from American Record Guide, which described the Westminster Choir as "the gold standard for academic choirs in America."/

Praised by The New York Times for its "full-bodied, incisive singing," the Westminster Choir also forms the core of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which has performed and recorded with the leading conductors and orchestras of our time. The Symphonic Choir's 2010-2011 performances include Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and with the KBS Symphony Orchestra, which was recorded at the United Nations for broadcast in Korea.

Discography

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Westminster Choir : Singing For Pleasure : 00  1 CD : Joseph Flummerfelt : Brahms : 3193

Westminster Choir : Singing For Pleasure

Review: Director and conductor of The 37 mixed-voice Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ since 1971, Joseph Flummerfelt has made the Choir synonymous with musical excellence, working with eminent conductors and performing with the world's major orchestras. "Singing for Pleasure" is all about Brahms, and has 23 pieces, 9 movements of "Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52, the 3 sweet a cappella movements of "Deutsche Volkslieder," 5 movements of "Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103," "O Heiland, Reiss Die Himmel Auf, Op. 74, No. 2," Four Quartets, and Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 65." Most songs are piano-accompanied. The Westminster is the perfect choir for this music, with the strength and passion for a dramatic piece like "No. 5 Braunner Bursche fuhrt zum Tanze," and the perfect harmonic pitch for pieces like "In stiller Nacht" and "No. 7 Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn." A lovely collection of lesser-known works by the master composer.

Songlist: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52:, No. 8 Wenn so lind dein Auge mir, No. 9 Am Donaustrande, No. 10 O wie sanft die Quelle, No. 11 Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen, No. 12 Schlosser auf, und mache Schlosser, No. 13 Vogelein durchrauscht die Luft, No. 14 Sieh, wie ist die Welle klar, No. 15 Nachtigall, sie sigt so schon, No. 16 Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe, Deutsche Volkslieder:, Abschliedeslied, In stiller Nacht, Die Wollust in den Malen, Ziguenerlieder, Op. 103:, No. 5 Braunner Bursche fuhrt zum Tanze, No. 6 Roslein dreie in der Reihe, No. 7 Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn, No. 8 Horch, der Wind klang in den Zweigen, No. 9 Weit und breit schaut niemand mich an, O Heiland, Reiss Die Himmel Auf, Op. 74 No. 2, Four Quartets:, An die heimat, Op. 64, No. 1, Der Abend, Op. 64. No. 2, Spatherbst, Op. 92, No. 2, Abendlied, Op. 92, No. 3, Neue Liebeslieder-Walkzer, Op. 65:, No. 15 Zum Schluss

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7561c | 00 1 CD | $15.98


Westminster Choir : Favorite Hymns and Anthems : 00  1 CD : Joseph Flummerfelt :  : 49044

Westminster Choir : Favorite Hymns and Anthems

Review: Westminster Choir College is a center for music studies in Princeton, NJ, with a four-year music college and graduate school which prepares men and women for careers as music leaders. The 40 mixed-voice Westminster Choir, part of the 200-voice Symphonic Choir, is internationally renowned, as is Joseph Flummerfelt, who besides being choral activities director at the College, is Chorus Master of the NY Philharmonic. 20 songs, all organ accompanied, but the focus is on the perfect, soaring voices. "When In Our Music God Is Glorified," "Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones," "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah," "Let All The World In Every Corner Sing," Randall Thompson's "The Last Words of David," "Holy, Holy, Holy," "All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night" and "Old Hundredth Psalm Tune" are favorites, reveling in the magnificence of this powerful, traditional church music!

Songlist: When In Our Music God Is Glorified, O How Amiable (Ralph Vaughan Williams), How Lovely are the Messengers (Felix Mendelssohn), Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones, Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Dwelling-Place (Ronald Arnatt), Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (arr. Virgil Thomson), For All the Saints, Like as the Hart, Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, The King of Love My Shepherd Is, How Firm a Foundation, Lord Make Me An Instrument (David Stanley York), The Last Words of David (Randall Thompson), Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart, Holy, Holy, Holy, Be Thou My Vision, Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven, All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night, Old Hundredth Psalm Tune (arr. R. Vaughan Williams)

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6913c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella


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