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TCC rises to new heights of accomplished, dramatic, downright thrilling sound with punchy orchestral brilliance, all derived from a new sound process called High Definition. Joined by The Dallas Wind Symphony, the combination of chorus and orchestra jump off the disc, and it truly feels as if the performance is taking place in your living room. Focusing on the music of five 20th-century American composers, Ron Nelson, Howard Hanson, Randall Thompson, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, Testament is a lesson in American history that will revive old-fashioned patriotism.
It's great that iTunes finally has this album; I only wish they obtained it sooner, since I had to order it directly from the group's website. The Turtle Creek Chorale does an excellent job with the title piece. The vocal sound is wonderfully rich, and the balance between the instruments and voices is about as good as you can get with a piece that calls for such a large instrumental ensemble.My only complaint is that in some parts of "We Have Counted the Cost," it's hard to understand the words if you don't already know them; same thing with "We Fight Not For Glory." But these are minor quibbles. This is a must-own for any American music lover, as it features a criminally underperformed composer. The title piece alone is worth the price, but all the tracks are excellent.
As a founding member of the TCC, I sang this at the closing ceremony of the first gay games. If only our performance touched this one!!!!!! I sang it with joy all those years ago with the TCC, now I get to hear it over and over by a group I dearly loved. It is a fitting performance to the most incredible words written for an American, especially a gay American. Never lose sight of what we are and what we stand for.
This is a terrific collection of Americana that has not been recorded as much as it deserves. Having said that, I find that in these performances the conductor treats the music perhaps a bit too lovingly. The tempos are almost all uniformly slow and detract from much of the drama in these very dramatic pieces. It's too bad since the Turtle Creek Chorale is excellent, if miked a little distantly, and the playing of the Dallas Wind Symphony is wonderful, making a real case for this music with wind band accompaniment.
Formed: 1985 in Dallas, TX
Years Active: '90s, '00s