Harvest Home (2005)
by Brian L. Steele (flute), Jeffrey Van (guitar), Joel C. Fischer (tenor), Linda Chatterton (flute), Lynette Johnson (mezzo-soprano), Marie Spar Dymit (soprano), Dale Warland Singers (choir, chorus), Dale Warland (conductor)
This is among a group of valedictory discs from Minnesota's Dale Warland Singers, now disbanded after a distinguished 40-year career. In terms of the ... Show synopsis This is among a group of valedictory discs from Minnesota's Dale Warland Singers, now disbanded after a distinguished 40-year career. In terms of the basic materials of the music included, it looks back to a type of repertory that many choirs cultivated back when this fine small chorus began its work, but that is not so common now: Harvest Home is a collection of musical Americana. Every American high school choir office used to have a sheaf of Shaker hymns, some choral arrangements, and many classic arrangements of African-American spirituals, along with new, lightly chromatic pieces, idiomatically written for an ordinary choir, that evoked sunny American physical and spiritual landscapes. Members of the choirs that sang this music could look to the Dale Warland Singers to see how beautifully this music might be done. Now there are fewer high school choirs, and professional choirs have a different relationship with the communities that support them.All of which is to say that Harvest Home, a cappella...
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