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American Choral Music - Alena Gorina (piano); Carla Flores (alto); Dwight Bigler (piano); Eric Neuville (baritone); John Wiles (tenor);...
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  1. Mass, for mixed chorus, Op 84
  2. Carols of Death, pieces (3) for chorus
  3. The Mask, for chorus, piano & chamber ensemble
  4. The Hour Glass, for 4 voices
  5. Psalms (4) for chorus, 2 pianos & orchestra
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The program of this Naxos release offers something less than the broad spectrum of American choral music the title might suggest. With the exception of William Bolcom's The Mask (1990), all the music on the album was composed between 1949 and 1960, and it's striking, although each composer had his own individual style, how many ideas were shared. The album's narrow focus emerges in the end as a virtue, however. The program sticks together, and it includes at least one lost gem, Irving Fine's The Hour-Glass (1949), to texts ...