New Choral Music

On this edition of New Sounds, host John Schaefer focuses on unusual choral works by a wide-ranging assortment of international composers. Hear Ivan Moody's "Akathistos", whose title means Greek for "not seated," and which blends traditional Byzantine melodies, ornaments in Greek refrains, and Russian choral textures with original melodies. Also, listen to music by Emilio Galante, his "Larjines," featuring nature texts (seasons and about flowers) sung in ladino, a language spoken in some alp valleys, and directly originated from Latin. Plus, there's a chorus (or two) from John Adams's opera The Death of Klinghoffer.

PROGRAM #2187, New Choral Music (Friday, 9-5-03)                                               





Ivan Moody

The Akathistos Hymn

First Koukoulion (Original Prologue) [3:00]

Gothic #49210***

Emilio Galante


Prologh:Larjines [8:00]

Velut Luna #07200
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Ivan Moody

The Akathistos Hymn

Second Koukoulion [2:00]

See above.

John Adams

Harmonium/The Klinghoffer Choruses

Desert Chorus [5:00]

Nonesuch #79549**

The Hamrahlid Choir

Kvedid I Bjarg: - Icelandic Choral Music

A.H. Sveinsson: Haustmyndir (Autumn Pictures) [19:30]

ITM #6-01. For info contact: The Icelandic Music Centre. email: (Site is in Icelandic)
fax 354 568 3124
Address: Sidumuli 34, 108 Reykjavik, Iceland
Also available at*

Maija Einfelde

Pie zemes talas (At the Edge of the Earth)

My Childhood Home [8:30]

Latvijas Radio #LR-033 Available at

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