Impermanence (2018)

Takemitsu, Gilbert, Dufay, Anonymous

Lorelei Ensemble

Lorelei Ensemble is a dynamic chamber vocal ensemble based in Boston, committed to the creation, cultivation, and performance of a fresh and fearless repertoire for women's voices. Critically-acclaimed by the New York Times as "warm, lithe, and beautifully blended" and the Boston Globe as "audacious and impressive," Lorelei is quickly gaining recognition as one of the country's most exciting and forward-thinking contemporary ensembles.

Impermanence, their third studio album, is a brilliant collection; thoughtfully crafted by Artistic Director, Beth Willer, and performed with riveting intensity and grace, and masterfully captured by the Sono Luminus team.

And don't forget that this is NEW music. Impermanence is the first all-female recording of any of Du Fay's isorhythmic and cantilena motets (15c), and only the second recording of selections from the anonymous Turin Manuscript (14c) and Takemitsu's Wind Horse (1966). The premiere recording of Peter Gilbert's Tsukimi (commissioned for Lorelei in 2013) is the centerpiece and inspiration for this album and its concept. This breathtaking work features 8 miniatures on Japanese waka poetry, each featuring a member of the ensemble, and contemplating the moon as a symbol of impermanence. Truly, it is a groundbreaking work!

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Lorelei Ensemble

LORELEI ENSEMBLE
Beth Willer artistic director

Sarah Brailey soprano
Margot Rood soprano
Sonja Tengblad soprano
Christina English mezzo-soprano
Clare McNamara mezzo-soprano
Sophie Michaux mezzo-soprano
Stephanie Kacoyanis contralto
Emily Marvosh contralto

Heralded for its “warm, lithe, and beautifully blended” sound (New York Times) “impeccable musicality” (Boston Globe) and unfailing display of the “elegance, power, grace and beauty of the human voice” (Boston Music Intelligencer), Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble is recognized nationally for its bold and inventive programs that champion the extraordinary flexibility and virtuosic capability of the human voice. Lorelei is an all-professional vocal ensemble, comprising nine women whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire, and whose independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe lend to the rich and diverse vocal palette that defines the ensemble’s thrilling delivery of “exact, smooth, and stylish” programming (Boston Globe). Under the direction of founder and artistic director Beth Willer, Lorelei has established a remarkable and inspiring artistic vision, curating culturally-relevant and artistically audacious programs that stretch and challenge the expectations of artists and audiences alike. Lorelei has commissioned and premiered more than fifty new works since its founding in 2007, while also exposing and reinventing early works of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque repertoires. Driven by their mission to advance and elevate women’s vocal ensembles and enrich the repertoire through forward-thinking and co-creative collaboration, Lorelei partners with established and emerging composers to create new works that point toward a “new normal” for vocal artists, and women in music. Based in Boston, Lorelei frequently joins forces with local artistic organizations to the enrich the city’s vibrant music scene. Collaborating ensembles include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, A Far Cry, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Grand Harmonie, Boston Percussion Group, and Juventas New Music. In addition to its work in and around Boston, Lorelei maintains a national touring schedule, enjoying performances on numerous concert series and at venues and institutions across the country. Appearances include Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Art Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Trinity Wall, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Rockport Chamber Music, Chamber Music Columbus, Duke Performances, Schubert Club of St. Paul, Louisville Chamber Music Series, Monadnock Music Festival, Kent Hall Masters Series, and guest appearances at state and national conferences. Educational residencies have included work with young artists at Harvard University, Bucknell University, Yale University, Duke University, Macalester College, Pittsburg State University, Mount Holyoke College, Hillsdale College, Keene State College, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Connecticut Children’s Chorus, and Providence Children’s Chorus.

photo: from booklet 'Impermanence' (Sono Luminus)

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Impermanence (2018)

Takemitsu, Gilbert, Dufay, Anonymous

Lorelei Ensemble

Digital Converters: Merging Technologies Horus
Mastering Engineer: Daniel Shores
Mastering Room: Merging Technologies Hapi
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Recording Engineer: Daniel Shores
Recording location: Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA July 26-30, 2016
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Portum in ultimo
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Kaze no uma: Vocalise No. 1
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Tsukimi: No. 1, Ama no hara
Gilbert
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Tsukimi: No. 2, Akikaze ni
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Tsukimi: No. 3, Tsuki mireba
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Rite maiorem iacobum canamus - Arcibus summis miseri reclusi - Ora pro nobis
Dufay
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Pour ce que point fu de la amere espine - A toi vierge me represente
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O proles Hispanie - O sidus Hispanie
Dufay
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Qui patris atris honoris - Paraclite spiritus
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Tsukimi: No. 4, Nageke tote
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Tsukimi: No. 5, Wata no hara
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Tsukimi: No. 6, Kokoro ni mo
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Par grant soif clere fontainne - Dame de tout pris
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Flos florum
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Sanctus in eternis regnans - Sanctus et ingenitus pater atque carens
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Apostolo glorioso - Cum tua doctrina - Andreas Christi
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Tsukimi: No. 7, Hototogisu
Gilbert
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Tsukimi: No. 8, Natsu no yo wa
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Kaze no uma: Vocalise No. 2
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