The Opus Project Choir Foundation first discovered the music of Steve Dobrogosz, an American composer living in Sweden, in 2007. That year the choir performed his two best known works, the Mass and the Requiem, which audiences enthusiastically received. While he was attending this project (called “Opus 1”) in Leeuwarden, the choir suggested that he write a much larger work, an oratorio. When he returned to Sweden, he became inspired by the beautiful, timeless texts of William Shakespeare. Thus came My Rose into existence, a two hour long work that was composed in the space of only 4 days. The oratorio contains various musical styles, classical, jazz and musical theatre, mixed together with a touch of romance and a pinch of humor.
Steve Dobrogosz says of the piece: “Everything romantic I have ever wanted to say, I think I have said it now. It is all about love. ‘All you need is love’ would be a great subtitle for this. When I wrote this, it came out all at once, I could barely write it down. That was a special feeling. When I finished it, I felt this was the best thing I had ever written.”
Shakespeare’s sonnets, written over the course of many years, explore themes of love, beauty, politics, and the impermanence of life itself. The 154 sonnets were published in 1609
Total time: 01:47:54
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europalaan Kerk, Heerenveen, Holland
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|Release Date||October 30, 2015|
Jos Boerland’s full DSD recording is up to his usual high standard; transparent with a natural perspective and atmospheric surround channels. The soloists are not spotlighted, and every detail of Steve Dobrogosz’s highly inventive score comes across, as does the artistry and enthusiasm of all the performers. Their level of commitment is a tribute to the pleasure it must be to sing and play this new score, which is undoubtedly a beautiful and richly rewarding piece of contemporary music. I could hardly imagine that a more devoted or skilful presentation would be possible.
‘My Rose’ is music which should be accessible to a wide range of music lovers. Hopefully, Shakespeare lovers will also find rewards in the respect and sincere emotional response of Dobrogosz to the Master’s poetry. A set which lingers long in the memory and which gives much pleasure at every hearing.
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