Woolf: Fire and Flood

Avi Stern, Devon Guthrie, Elise Quagliata, Julian Wachner, Matt Haimovitz, Nancy Anderson, Novus NY, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street

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From a deeply stirring Mass to hauntingly re-imagined Leonard Cohen masterpieces, Luna Pearl Woolf: Fire and Flood encompasses 25 years of vocal works by composer Luna Pearl Woolf, as performed by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, cellist Matt Haimovitz, and more, conducted by Julian Wachner from Pentatone’s Oxingale Series. The album was recorded in Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD by the Sound Mirror recording and production team.

In her penetrating album notes, New York Times contributing writer Corinna Da Fonseca-Wollheim comments, “Luna Pearl Woolf trains a zoom lens on the collective experience, sometimes plunging us right into the midst of destruction and anarchy only to pull back, in one swoop, to a clear-eyed plane of compassion.”

These arresting works include her frequently-performed cello-choir concerto, Après moi, le deluge, which emerges from the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; and the dramatic, low-voiced To the Fire, with its prophetic, Old Testament text.

In One to One to One, “three female singers reflect and refract the male gaze in an uproar of vocal virtuosity” (Da Fonseca-Wollheim); while Missa in Fines Orbis Terrae journeys to the ends of the earth in search of revelation, mercy, peace. Finally, two inventive arrangements for three voices and cello create a kaleidoscopic expansion of colors and timbres in Cohen’s ironic Everybody Knows and foreboding Who By Fire.

Noted among a new generation of politically conscious and artistically progressive composers, Woolf has been heard widely across North America and in Europe. Her music is praised by The New York Times for its “psychological nuances and emotional depth.”

Matt Haimovitz, Cello
Devon Guthrie, Soprano
Nancy Anderson, Soprano
Elise Quagliata, Mezzo-Soprano
Avi Stern, Organ
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Novus NY
Julian Wachner, Conductor

Tracklist

Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
1.
To the Fire
12:18
2.
Apres moi, le deluge - I. Noah. The Lord Has Raised a Mighty Wind
07:10
3.
Apres moi, le deluge - II. Deep in the Water, Too Deep for Tears
04:54
4.
Apres moi, le deluge - III. Gone Away and Left Us, Lord
06:09
5.
Apres moi, le deluge - IV. Lord, I?m Goin? Down in Louisiana
06:17
6.
Everybody Knows - Arr. L.P. Woolf
05:05
7.
Missa in Fines Orbis Terrae - I. Kyrie
03:07
8.
Missa in Fines Orbis Terrae - II. Sanctus and Benedictus
05:03
9.
Missa in Fines Orbis Terrae - III. Agnus Dei
03:53
10.
One to One to One - I
02:06
11.
One to One to One - II
03:40
12.
One to One to One - III
02:43
13.
One to One to One - IV
03:15
14.
One to One to One - V
02:52
15.
One to One to One - VI
02:55
16.
Who by Fire - Arr. L.P. Woolf
03:53

Total time: 01:15:20

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PTC5186803

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Mastering Engineer

Mark Donahue

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Post Production Consultant

Melissa Attebury, Associate Director of Music, Trinity Church Wall Street

Producer

Blanton Alspaugh

Recording Engineer

John Newton

Recording Location

Recorded September 5 and 6, 2018 at LeFrak Concert Hall, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queen’s College, City University of New York, Flushing, NY and September 7, 2018 at St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church Wall Street, New York City, NY

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64

Release DateJanuary 24, 2020

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