MENDELSSOHN'S TE DEUM (2015)
Winner of the 2016 Choral Canada award for Outstanding Choral Recording.
Written when Mendelssohn was 17 years old, the Te Deum is lesser known than many of his works, but features elaborate counterpoint (up to 16 parts at times) and grand character. Features Neil Cockburn on organ., and a variety of soloists from within the ensemble.
The CD also includes Mendelssohn's famous unaccompanied motet Denn er hat seinen Engel befohlen über dir, and two part songs by Franz Schubert, whose music was an influence on Mendelssohn. Both art songs feature Cheryl Emery on piano, while the Ständchen features Patricia Thompson, mezzo-soprano.
This recording was supported, in part, through a grant from the Rozsa Foundation.
THE FAR WEST (2016)
Zachary Wadsworth's The Far West is a powerful cantata that addresses the AIDS crisis through music and poetry of Tim Dlugos, who died of the disease in 1990 at the age of 40 while studying to become a priest. Through this work, Luminous Voices honours those affected by HIV/AIDS, past, present and future. Featuring Canadian-American tenor Lawrence Wiliford and the Luminous Voices Chamber Orchestra.
The Far West is the winner of the 2016 Choral Canada award for Outstanding Choral Composition.
The CD also includes two other works by Wadsworth: Come to the Road (2013), which was commissioned by Cornell University on the occasion of its 145 commencement ceremonies; and Up-Hill (2016) for SATB choir and soprano solo, which was commissioned by, and dedicated to, Timothy Shantz and Luminous Voices.
Luminous Voices has a recording of Ukrainian choral concertos of Artem Vedel' that is scheduled for release in 2018. Vedel', together with Maksym Berezovsky and Dmytro Bortniansky, is considered one of Ukraine's 'Golden Three' composers of the 18th century. In August 2014, thanks to the generosity of the Ukraine Millennium Foundation, we performed all 12 of Vedel's choral concerti in both Edmonton and Calgary, before recording them in studio. Stay tuned to our news feed for more information about when we will release the recording.