On the heels of the enthusiastically received Psalllite CD, released March 2016, recording sessions for Psallite II begin in July 2016. Under the direction of Eric A. Johnson, Cor Cantiamo once again pairs with engineers from Abbey Road Studios (London) to ensure an extraordinarily high quality CD.
The Psallite II album features ten choral works from SDG’s Psalms Project. This new collection of contemporary choral works represents some of today’s foremost composers, including three Pulitzer Prize-winners: Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Moravec, and Yehudi Wyner; and two composition professors: Robert Beaser (The Juilliard School) and James Lee III (Morgan State University). We are especially pleased that the album also features two women composers: Victoria Bond (USA) and Roxanna Panufnik (UK), as well as composers from France (Richard Dubugnon) Wales (John Metcalf), and Sweden (Sven David Sandström).
Song of the Ascents (Robert Beaser)
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place (Victoria Bond)
Psalm 10 (Richard Dubugnon)
Glorious Majesty (Aaron Jay Kernis)
Psalm 111 (James Lee III)
Laudate (John Metcalf)
I Will Fear No Evil (Paul Moravec)
Love Endureth (Roxanna Panufnik)
God Be Merciful (Sven David Sandström)
The Lord is close to the heartbroken (Yehudi Wyner)
The recording choir, Cor Cantiamo, is a professional touring chamber choir in residence at Northern Illinois University. Cor Cantiamo’s Founding Artistic Director, Eric A. Johnson, is Director of Choral Activities at Northern Illinois University, where he directs the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and teaches choral literature and conducting. Ensembles under his direction have performed at national, division, and state ACDA, NCCO, and MENC conventions, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center NYC, and appeared with many professional orchestras. Cor Cantiamo's mission is to perform and promote contemporary choral music, and the reviews of their first Psallite recording speak to their success.
"An absolute joy ... a commitment to musicality that never waivers.”
—Scott Foss, Consulting Editor, Hal Leonard Concert Choral Publications
"A wonderful sound throughout this wide-ranging programme ... My one disappointment: the CD ended too soon!"—Philip Reed, Choir & Organ (UK)
"Attractive performances of attractive pieces all around.”—Fanfare
“A rich album ... a powerful CD.”—The Congleton Chronicle (UK)
|Eric A. Johnson conducting
Psallite recording session
"From intensely personal and penitential settings to grand, sweeping, celebratory pageantry, the compositions in SDG's Psalms Project create new sound worlds in which contemporary audiences can experience the Divine. Roxanna Panufnik's Love Endureth, for example, captures a fascinating mix of dramatic text setting while weaving in elements of Spanish Sephardic chants. Dubugnon's Psalm 10 encompasses the anger, frustration and exploration of the power of the Divine found in Psalm 10. John Metcalf's Laudate is simply transcendent. We are thoroughly enjoying the sacred spaces created as we work through this stunning music.”
—Eric A. Johnson, Founding Artistic Director, Cor Cantiamo
To listen to sample tracks from the first Psallite CD, visit the SDG Shop.
For more information on the featured composers and excerpts from their works, visit SDG Psalms Project.
Psallite II is scheduled to be released on the Divine Art Records label in the Spring 2017.