Reviews and Testimonials
"I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I learn by going where I have to go."
Set to such gently provocative prose by American poet Theodore Roethke, Terry Schlenker's "The Waking" — for choir and chamber orchestra — is an emotionally compelling musical experience that recalls the compositional spirit of Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Commissioned by the St. Martin's Chamber Choir and Augustana Arts, the world premiere of "The Waking" saturated St. John's Episcopal Cathedral on Sunday afternoon with a haunting, harmonically expansive soundscape comprising open choral unisons and a rhythmically mesmerizing orchestral accompaniment that was ably delivered by the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra.
Sabine Kortals, special to The Denver Post [9-29-08]
for Double Choir
piece……is a lush and rarefied piece of strong sacred power and
appeal. Name any spiritual
emotion typically evoked by the Latin mass:
hushed mystery, crushing grief, ecstatic joy, or abject reverence
– and you’ll find it here. The
music – performed here for the first time anywhere – is radiant and
ethereal, built on modal (and other ancient) foundations, deftly
translated into striking and original modern musical language.”
American Record Guide
new CD includes premieres from the 10th season (2003-04) of
Denver’s St. Martin’s Chamber Choir.
The feature work, Mass for Double Choir is written by ensemble
member Terry Schlenker and is distinctively unique.
It is filled with precision, beauty and dramatic intensity, yet
is devout and songful. It
has been said this piece “has Legs”...that it will be performed by
other choirs. It offers a
prestigious challenge to listener and singer alike.
The Mass presents rich and varied harmonies that ring with
O Come Emmanuel
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