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In regard to Movement Two of the Chichester Psalms:

I felt that, although overall an excellent recording, the boy solo was a tiny bit forced and pushed, taking the music out of context. The text translates to a famous Psalm, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, etc...," however, I felt more like he was saying "The Lord got me lost in the valley and now I'm annoyed." The tenors have great control of the high notes in the men's section but the intonation of the Bass entrance was a tiny bit sharp, more than likely from the excitement of line. The women's sections were beautiful, except for the lack of volume. It would have helped if the choir had taken every dynamic up a level just to be heard and understood over the orchestra. Clarity of text was also occasionally an issue. I have sung this piece and, understanding its treacherous moments (because I have DEFINITELY encountered them!), found this to be a decent handling of Bernstein's repertoire. I would recommend as a learning tool about dynamics, balance, and character of music for any music major.

Perfect. Nice rendition of Bernstein's work.

We sang this whole thing last night. It was a blast. I really liked it. :D


Formed: 1893 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1893 by Sir Dan Godfrey, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (it should be noted that the orchestra was eventually based in Poole, but maintained the original name for tradition's sake) became a world-class and world-traveled orchestra, performing in New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Vienna (to name but a few). In addition to its well-stamped passport, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra had the rare pleasure of working with such names as Elgar, Holst, and Stravinsky. The orchestra did spin...
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