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Voices of Earth
By Alex Artale

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By Alex Artale, Amadeus Choir, Bach Chamber Youth Choir, Bach Children's Chorus, David Schotzko, Ed Reifel, Linda Beaupre, Samuel Morgenstein, Sean Donaldson, Shawn Grenke, Ruth Watson Henderson, and Eleanor Daley. By Imant Raminsh (1943-), Ruth Watson Henderson (1932-), Eleanor Daley, and Sid Robinovitch. Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #CMCCD 21915. Published by Naxos (NX.CMCCD-21915).

Item Number: NX.CMCCD-21915

Voices of Earth is a celebration of four Canadian choral composers at their splendid best and of their importance in our choral life. This CD also celebrates the 28-year relationship between the Amadeus Choir and the Bach Children's Chorus with outstanding Canadian music for combined children's and adult choirs. Founded in 1975, the Amadeus Choir performs a regular series of concerts at carefully selected downtown Toronto venues, presenting well-known artists in works by Canadian and international composers, including major works with instrumental ensembles or full orchestra, as well as challenging a cappella performances. Voices of Earth is the Amadeus Choir's eighth CD release. In 2002, their CD, Spirit Song, received the biennial award for "Outstanding Choral Recording" 2001-02 by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. The Amadeus and Bach Children's Chorus have been privileged to work closely with composers Eleanor Daley and Ruth Watson Henderson through many years and are thrilled that both Eleanor and Ruth play their own works on this CD, creating a wonderful legacy for the Amadeus Choir, the Bach Children's Chorus, and the many listeners who appreciate the works of these two amazing composers. It has been a great honour to commission, premiere and perform together on many occasions both Ruth Watson Henderson's Voices of Earth and Eleanor Daley's Salutation of the Dawn. Additionally on this CD, is the much-loved I Will Sing Unto the Lord of Imant Raminsh and Eleanor Daley's Prayer for Peace. The Amadeus Choir presents Of Heart and Tide, privately commissioned especially for the choir composed by Sid Robinovitch.

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