RECORDINGS

LABEL: DUKE UNIVERSITY CHAPEL CHOIR
CATALOG NUMBER: N/A
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NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 143 MIN.
YEAR RECORDED: 2014
CD RELEASE DATE: 2015
CONDUCTOR: RODNEY WYNKOOP
ORCHESTRA: ORCHESTRA PRO CANTORES
CHOIR: DUKE CHAPEL CHOIR
SOPRANO: MARY WILSON
ALTO: MONICA REINAGEL
TENOR: WILLIAM HITE
BASS: GRANT YOUNGBLOOD


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DISC ONE

1. Symphony
2. Comfort Ye
3. Every Valley shall be exalted
4. And the Glory
5. Thus Saith The Lord
6. But who may Abide...His coming
7. And He shall purify
8. Behold, a Virgin shall conceive
9. O thou that tellest good tidings
10. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
11. The people that walked in darkness
12. For unto us a Child is born
13. Pifa
14. There were shepherds
     And lo, the angel 
     And the angel said
     And suddenly there was with the Angel
15. Glory to God
16. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
17. Then shall the eyes of the blind...
18. He shall feed His flock
     Come unto Him
19. His yoke is easy
20. Behold the Lamb of God
21. He was despised
22. Surely He has borne our griefs
23. And with His stripes
24. All we like sheep
DISC TWO

1. All they that see him laugh...
2. He trusted in God
3. Thy rebuke has broken His Heart
4. Behold and see...sorrow
5. He was cut off
6. But Thou didst not leave His soul...
7. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
8. Unto which of the angels
9. Let all the angels worship
10. Thou art gone up on high
11. The Lord gave the word
12. How beautiful are the feet
13. Their sound is gone out
14. Why do the nations rage
15. Let us break their bonds
16. He that dwelleth in Heaven
17. Thou shalt break them
18. Hallelujah
19. I know that my Redeemer liveth
20. Since by man came death
21. Behold, I show you a mystery
22. The trumpet shall sound
23. Then shall be brought to pass...
24. O death, where is thy sting
    But Thanks be to God
25. If God be for us
26. Worthy is the Lamb -Amen-

SITE RATING:  7/10
SITE REVIEW:  I was impressed with the Duke Chapel Choir's 1999 recording, also under the direction of Rodney Wynkoop, and so, when I read that they had released a second album, created from a series of live performances in 2014, I called the school's bookstore and quickly ordered a copy.   The sound on this release is quite fine, with warm, delineated sound, and little audience noise that I could detect.  The playing, by the Orchestra Pro Cantores, on modern instruments, is expert, with Wynkoop's tempos and emphasis sure and clean - he revels in a languid "Pifa", but is sparkling during more gloried moments.  The Duke Chapel Choir has improved under Wynkoop's tutelage, although they still show their relative youth and inexperience during the more difficult passages, lacking unity on the more difficult passages, but they are buoyed by the excellent orchestra, and their preparation shows.  Of the soloists, Tenor William Hite is very good, although he does seem to muscle through his melismas and upper register - but not to a detrimental degree.  He displays wonderful tone and control, but lacking the ease of expression I would hope for.  Bass Grant Youngblood is all fiery bluster, showcasing his operatic background to good effect.  Alto Monica Reinagel is excellent - sheer perfection on her melismas, and bursting with emotional, fierce arias.  Soprano Mary Wilson is perhaps the weak link, with a too-brilliant, sometimes strident tone sneaking into her recitatives and arias, although she shines on the cheerful "Rejoice greatly."  Wynkoop seems to encourage unusual ornamentation in his soloists, leading to several ear-catching moments, including a ravishing close to "Come unto Him."  All in all, a very high middle-ground recording, with several strong points and a performance worthy of Duke University and beyond. 


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