As Water Ascends To A Cloud

World-premiere recordings from the innovative choral landscape of the Pacific Northwest!

Choral music in the Pacific Northwest has been influenced by numerous cultural and choral traditions, including Scandinavian, German, Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican. Various aspects of the Northwest itself have influenced choral performance and composition in the region, including its abundant beauty, the cloudy and rainy landscapes of the Pacific Coast areas, the cultures of the native populations, and its place on the Pacific Rim in the relatively isolated northern corner of the west coast of the United States. Because of its proximity to Asia and the influence of Asian culture, Northwest composers have also looked to the other side of the Pacific and beyond for inspiration, sometimes eschewing the cultural and social influences of America’s own east coast.

While there are numerous esteemed and long-established choral ensembles in the Pacific Northwest, the early 1990s saw a veritable explosion of new groups, particularly in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C. Accompanying the profusion of new choral ensembles was a parallel increase in the number of composers writing works for them.

Our latest CD is an anthology of choral works by Pacific Northwest composers that represents the diverse cultural, social, and geographical influences of the region. Some of the composers are transplants from elsewhere; others are native-born. And while many of the works were composed recently, some are of older vintage. Nearly half of the works on this CD were composed especially for Opus 7, and many of the works are world-premiere recordings.

William Bergsma Riddle Me This (1957)
Answer: The Snow
Answer: The Egg
Answer: A Cow
John Muehleisen Snow (The King’s Trumpeter) (2000)
   Vince Green, trumpet
Bern Herbolsheimer As Water Ascends to a Cloud (2005)
   Lisa Pontén, soprano
arr. Ron Jeffers Workin’ for the Dawn of Peace (1987)
Lorri Kristin Froggét Youth gone, and beauty (2006)
   Lisa Pontén, soprano
Stephen Thomas Cavit Dareeché (2007)
   Lisa Pontén, soprano
   Paige Smith, cello
   Juliet Stratton, harp
   Christina Siemens, piano
Roupen Shakarian Yangshuo Quay (2004)
   Anthony Taylor, clarinet
David Asplin Psalm (from the Healing of the Nations) (1996)
Alan Hovhaness The Lord’s Prayer (1965)
David Asplin Open Our Eyes (2006)
Joan Szymko Ubi Caritas (1996)
   Lisa Pontén, soprano
Bern Herbolsheimer Serenade (from Five Dainties from Ralph Roister Doister) (1990)
Anthony Taylor, clarinet
arr. Robert Scandrett She’s Like the Swallow (1999)
arr. Bern Herbolsheimer Red River Valley (1988)
arr. Bern Herbolsheimer Lovely William (1989)
   Maria Mannisto, soprano
arr. Bern Herbolsheimer Ratcoon (1989)
John Muehleisen Eat Your Vegetables — Set One (2010)
   Kevin Morton, clarinet
Bounty
Aversion to Carrots
RAH!

 

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