Episode #3054

Hot Choral Properties

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

For this New Sounds, we’ll listen to some of the budding and now fruitful partnership of the BYU Choirs (Concert Choir, BYU Women’s Chorus, and others) and composer Eric Whitacre.   Hear Hebrew love song settings by Whitacre, from a recent recording by the BYU Choirs, along with music sung by Chanticleer.  Plus, there’s also choral music with and without instruments from Osvaldo Golijov, Gavin Bryars, and Estonian Veljo Tormis.  Some of these works have sound design, another work is accompanied only by a Tibetan singing bowl.  All that, and more.

PROGRAM #3054, Hot Choral Properties (First aired on Wed., 03/24/10)





Eric Whitacre

Brigham Young University Choirs and Eric Whitacre 2

Five Hebrew Love Songs, excerpt [1:00]

Andrew Poppy / Latvian Radio Choir

…And the shuffle of things

Andrew Poppy: My Father’s Submarines [6:59]

Field Radio FR#1008

Latvian Radio Choir

On Photography

Gavin Bryars: Expressa SolisTersa Perfetta [10:00]


Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Casting A Spell

Veljo Tormis: Kiik tahab kindaid (The swing asks for gifts) [2:03]

Virgin Classics #45185 Out of print, but try OR

Eric Whitacre

Brigham Young University Choirs and Eric Whitacre 2

Little Birds [3:17] Five Hebrew Love Songs 5. Rakut [2:35] Download from or iTunes

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Forgotten Peoples

Veljo Tormis: Wee Winkie Mouse [2:53]

ECM 1459

Eric Whitacre

Brigham Young University Choirs and Eric Whitacre 2

Five Hebrew Love Songs 4. Eyze Sheleg [2:56]

See above.


Sound in Spirit

Carlos Rafael Rivera: Motet for 12 Singers [5:43]

Warner Classics #61941

Osvaldo Golijov

La Pasión Según San Marcos

Kadish [6:41]

Deutsche Grammophon B0014008-00

Comments [3]

New Sounds Asst. Prod.

John from New Jersey,

Thanks for the suggestion.

We actually broadcast the world premiere of the choral version of the the Little Match Girl Passion. Copy and paste this link:

Hope you enjoy it and thanks for listening.


Jun. 16 2011 10:17 AM

I'm thrilled to see more choral music played on the radio recently! The Bryars is stunning.

Jun. 16 2011 12:01 AM
John from New Jersey

Hello New Sounds,
I am a big fan of your show, and am delighted to hear a program devoted to choral music. Excellent playlist! It would be lovely to hear another evening dedicated to choral works, perhaps featuring some of David Lang's Little Matchstick Girl Passion alongside some Bach. Thanks again!

Jun. 15 2011 11:55 PM

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