Hutter: Secular Choral Music
Label: NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS
Format: COMPACT DISC
Shaw, Daniel; Culloton, Matthew; Nicholas, Scott; Schuneman, Robert; Composers' Choir; Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists, The; Philovox Ensemble; Seay, Shannon
The exciting, genre-defying American composer Gregory Hutter wrote this sequence of choral music between 2009 and 2014- his intention being economic, direct, and tuneful music. The settings range from the English Renaissance to American poems of the early 20th century; from Shakespeare to Carl Sandburg and Sara Teasdale. Hutter approaches the texts with lyricism and fluidity, attentive to the poetry’s moments of melancholy, beauty or bucolic energy. In harmonically rich settings he draws on polyphony, chromaticism and lullaby alike to communicate and bring the listener closer to the core of the texts.