new recording of choral music by one of America's
finest composers, Judith Lang Zaimont. Three works
from the 1970s - The Chase (with the
composer's own poetic text), Sunny Airs and
Sober (set to poetry by Shakespeare, Shelley
and Robert Herrick) and the dramatic and moving
Excerpts from Sacred Service for the Sabbath
Evening (text from traditional Jewish liturgy)
are presented along with a newer work from 1997 Meditations at the Time of New Year in a
radiant program of luminous performances by the
renowned Choral Music Society of Southern
California, conducted by Nick Strimple.
performers include alto Kimball Wheeler, baritone
Joel Pressman and pianist/organist Mark Hilt. This
joins Ms. Zaimont's other 4Tay disk, Summer
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."