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Volume 1: Uncaged

The Choral Composer/
Conductor Collective

4Tay Records is proud to announce the release of C4 Volume 1: Uncaged, the first studio album from C4, New York’s standout choral ensemble specializing in the music of our time.

The collection features new works by C4 members Hayes Biggs and Karen Siegel as well as Jonathan David, Huang Ruo, Toby Twining and Ted Hearne.

C4, the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective exists to enrich artists and audiences alike through passionate advocacy of new choral works, performing pieces written within the last 25 years, premiering in concert and commissioning new choral works, and mentoring emerging singers, composers, and conductors of today's choral music.

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  1. The Caged Skylark (Hayes Biggs*)
  2. Stabat Mater (Jonathan David)
  3. Saguero (Karen Siegel*)
  4. Without Words (Huang Ruo)
  5. Hee Oo Oom Ha (Toby Twining)
  6. We Cannot Leave from Privilege (Ted Hearne)

*= Member of C4


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Judith Lang Zaimont

The Choral Music Society of Southern California
Nick Strimple, Conductor

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The Chase
Meditations At the Time of New Year
I. Dawn
II. Hope
Sunny Airs And Sober
A Question Answered; Winter Mourning; Sigh No More, Ladies; Come Away, Death; Life is a Jest
Excerpts from Sacred Service for the Sabbath Evening

The Critics Say:
"This new release is devoted to (Judith Lang Zaimont's) sacred and secular choral music, mainly from the 1970's and is written in an immediately accessible melodic style. Sunnay Airs and Sober...The five texts are supplied by Shakespeare, Shelley, and Gay/Herrick, with the music graphically picturing the words, and tempos nicely juxtaposed to create a well-balanced cycle of works.

The Choral Society of Southern California is obviously a very fine choir, with a good and just balance of male and female voices. Zaimont's scores are rooted in the tonal music of the Romantic era...(these works) will delight those who believe that music should be readily accessible to performers and listeners. The recording quality is good, placing soloists, choir and accompaniment in a natural perspective."


The Music of Luis Antonio Escobar

Performed by Americas Vocal Ensemble
Nelly Vuksic, Conductor

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Cántica #15 — Me perdonan estas coplas
Cántica #5 — Eres un granito de oro
Cántica #8 — El del sombrerito 'e jipa
Cántica #9 — Dende aqui te estoy mirando
Cántica #11 — Cuando espero no venis
Cántica #12 — Me topé con una niña
Cántica #21 — De tres amores que tengo
Cántica #16 — Cuando la vide venir
Cántica #17 — La vida se pasa pronto
Cántica #20 — Te arrullo en tu cuna
Cántica #18 — Lucero de la mañana
Cántica #10 — Si nos hemos de morir
Cántica #7 — Yo me enamoré del aigre
Cántica #4 — Me perdonan estas coplas
Duerme agua en tu nombre
Todo esto es el amor
Al oido de la poesia
Cántica #1 — Cánticas si no cantara
Cántica #2 — Cuando la vide venir
Cercania de la muerte
Tu reino de alas blancas
Poema equivoco del Juglar ebrio
Variaciones sobre un añejo temilla
En la luna que he contado

The re-issue of this recording is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Programs.

The Critics Say:
"The tiny (only eight singers) Americas Vocal Ensemble - formerly known as the Manhattan Vocal Ensemble - is a most excellent professional group devoted to the music of the Americas, from the colonial era to the present ... Their smooth and refined singing leaves nothing to be desired. ... We have yet explored only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Hispanic choral music from the new world, but Escobar's music is a truly happy discovery. The remastered sound is excellent, and we get full texts and translations."

"This recording...is a fine testament to the Argentine-born, New York-based composer Nelly Vuksic and her longtime championing of Latin american Composers in the U.S. Here, Vuksic finds a similar well-traveled spirit in Luis Antonio Escobar...From his country's folkloric roots his music springs - particularly in works with text, which his music fits with subtlety and poetic delicacy...As with early European a cappella vocal forms, to which these pieces clearly allude, an artless simplicity is the key...Vuksic's singers clearly have a taste of the soil in their mouths...clearly connected with the material."

"...the overall Œsignatureš of the music is that of a sensitive composer. In this the composer is matched by the performers in this attractive and often lovely music...an attractive set of voices and they are ideal for this music."


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