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Thompson: Testament of Freedo


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  • Audio CD (June 20 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: KOCH Records
  • ASIN: B000001SHZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Testament Of Freedom (1943): The God Who Gave Us Life
2. The Testament Of Freedom(1943): We Have Counted The Cost
3. The Testaments Of Freedom(1943): We Fight Not For Glory
4. The Testament Of Freedom(1943): I Shall Not Die Without A Hope
5. Frostiana(1959) -Texts By Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken
6. Frostiana(1959)- Text By Robert Frost: The Pasture
7. Frostiana(1959)- Texts By Robert Frost: Come In
8. Frostiana(1959)- Texts By Robert Frost: The Telephone
9. Frostiana(1959) - Texts By Robert Frost: A Girl's Garden
10. Frostiana(1959) - Texts By Robert Frost: Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
11. Frostiana(1959) Texts By Robert Frost: Choose Something Like a Star

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By A Customer on Dec 31 2003
Format: Audio CD
I sensed that this music was good, possibly very good - but it was hurt so much by the detrimental performance on this CD. The diction and musicality in the Jefferson is grading, plodding, and difficult to listen to. A performance of the masterful words of Jefferson should have been more thoroughly thought out, directed to emphasize the important words, unique cadence, etc.
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The other reviewers here have done well discussing the quality of the works represented on this CD. I will not endeavor to add more.
The recording, however, features VERY lackluster performances by choir and orchestra. The choir sings without giving to the text any sense of connection or textual phrasing. For example, the choir sounds like: "THE - GOD - WHO - GAVE - US - LIBERTY...," instead of: "The God who gave LIBERTY." Every quarter note should not sound the same; rather, the text should be sung musically with a sense of oratory. All quar-ter-notes-should-not-be-equal.
The orchestra sounds pretty, but doesn't have much spark or energy to give the performance an engaging sense.
If you can, find another recording for these great works. You'll be glad you did.
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By A Customer on July 3 2003
Format: Audio CD
THANK YOU, RANDALL THOMPSON! I love this recording. Especially "The Road Not Taken" from Frostiana. I heard "Frostiana" for the first time at a church concert recently and it has been one of my favorite works ever since. I usually just like really ancient music (medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque), but Randall Thompson's music is the exception; I love it even though it is modern. I choose something like FIVE stars to rate this recording.
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It is evident that the reason for purchasing and listening to this recording is not to hear the Manhattan Chamber Chorus or the skilled work of Richard Clark, but to have a record of, and an emotional experience with, what may be two of the most important American compositions written in the 20th century. Randall Thompson wrote both of these pieces under commission. "Testament of Freedom" was written in 1939 for the University of Virginia Men's Glee Club and "Frostiana" was written in 1959 for the bicentenial of the Township of Amherst, Massachusetts. Thompson wrote in Gstaad, Switzerland and it was there where he immersed himself in the text of each work. He is, without doubt, one of the most skilled crafters of setting text to music throughout all time. "Testament of Freedom" and "Frostiana" are two very different compositions and the reason for their commission is evident in their overall sound. Firstly, "Testament" was written to inspire nationalism during a time when our country was on the brink of war. Thompson had a strong emotional connection with various areas of Central Europe and his compositions often reflected this. (His now famous "Alleluia" was composed in five days only and a day after Hitler invaded Paris.)"Frostiana" was set to the texts of Robert Frost and though the two of them were in communication a great deal, it is not known to what degree Frost had input in this work. The selection of the poetry and the setting of the music to the text was completed in Switzerland and delivered to Amherst at the end of August in 1959. In looking upon the original scores, it can be seen that meticulous thought was placed into capturing the essence of each poem.Read more ›
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