Recorded after the IMMAGINOSA concert series in May 2004, this CD features several of The Esoterics' favorite cycles. Ross Lee Finney's Spherical madrigals resonates with the exploration and creativity of the Age of Reason, and Irving Fine's artful cycle of six Ben Jonson poems - The hour glass - traverses the evolution of love during the human lifetime.
The second half of IMMAGINOSA will either put spring in your step or send you off into blissful dreams. First, revel in recordings of two premiere performances: Four reveries by New York composer William Hawley, followed by a spring madrigal, Now is the gentle season, by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus.
Next, enjoy two contrasting settings of Emily Dickinson by Elliott Carter - Heart not so heavy as mine and Musicians wrestle everywhere. Finally, immerse yourself in two cycles of spectacular strophes by Sara Teasdale: The winds of May by San Francisco composer Kirke Mechem, and Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, which was commissioned by The Esoterics.
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1. The Hour-glass - O Know to End As to Begin
2. The Hour-glass - Have You Seen the White Lily Grow?
3. The Hour-glass - O Do Not Wanton With Those Eyes
4. The Hour-glass - Against Jealousy
5. The Hour-glass - Lament
6. The Hour-glass - the Hour-glass
7. Four Reveries - Echo
8. Four Reveries - Remembrance
9. Four Reveries - My River Runs to Thee
10. Four Reveries - Meeting At Night
11. Heart Not So Heavy As Mine
12. Now Is the Gentle Season
13. Spherical Madrigals - Love Is a Circle
14. Spherical Madrigals - When Again All These Rare Perfections Meet
15. Spherical Madrigals - All-circling Point
16. Spherical Madrigals - His Body Was An Orb
17. Spherical Madrigals - On a Round Ball
18. Spherical Madrigals - Nor Doe I Doubt
19. Spherical Madrigals - See How the Earth
20. Musicians Wrestle Everywhere
21. The Winds of May - the Tune
22. The Winds of May - Let It Be Forgotten
23. The Winds of May - Over the Roofs
24. The Winds of May - I Shall Not Care
25. The Winds of May - Song
26. Alchemy - Living Gold
27. Alchemy - Cups of Fire
28. Alchemy - Jewelled Blaze
29. Alchemy - O Beauty