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Alleluia
composer
1940; 4vv; dedicated to the Berkshire Music Center, Serge Koussevitsky, Director; first performed under G Wallace Woodworth at the opening of the Berkshire Music Center on 8 July 1940
author of text

Recordings
'Dreamland' (HYP41)
Dreamland
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'Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom & other choral works' (CDA67679)
Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom & other choral works
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Details
Track 9 on CDA67679 [6'15]
Track 4 on HYP41 [6'15] Super-budget price sampler

Alleluia
Thompson’s Alleluia was written at the request of Serge Koussevitsky and premiered at the opening of the Berkshire Music Center on 8 July 1940, arriving in the conductor’s hands only forty-five minutes prior to the performance. The conductor, G Wallace Woodworth, was heard to say upon receiving the score, ‘At least we do not have to worry about the text!’. The lento marking underscores the thoughtful and more resolute quality of the work; this is not an overtly joyful alleluia but rather one more understated given the darker reality of World War II at the time, especially the recent fall of France to the Nazis.

One clearly hears in this score Thompson’s expert writing for voices, his fondness for and deft use of sequences, suspensions and counterpoint combined with his ability to control the overall pacing and structural scheme of the composition. The Alleluia is tightly constructed and moves very carefully and strategically—through the use of dynamics, articulation, expanded range, harmonic rhythm and accelerating tempo—to the very high point of intensity near the end of the work, before receding from its gorgeous wave of choral sound to return once again to its introspective beginning. The Alleluia has become a beloved and time-honored contribution to the choral repertoire.

from notes by Morten Lauridsen 2008

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Details for HYP41 track 4
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-67909
Duration
6'15
Recording date
11 March 2008
Recording venue
Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom & other choral works (CDA67679)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: October 2008
  2. Dreamland (HYP41)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2009
    Super-budget price sampler
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