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ASO CHORUS Discography

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Adams: Harmonium & Rachmaninoff: The Bells
Rachmaninoff's choral symphony, "The Bells," is based on the famous Edgar Allan Poe poem; John Adams' "Harmonium" offers settings of a John Donne sonnet and two Emily Dickinson poems.
Grammy Winner: 1997 Best Choral Album
Adams: On The Transmigration of Souls
John Adams' "Transmigration" is the centerpiece for this elegiac disc that also includes the Barber "Adagio" and "Agnus Dei" as well as Corigliano's "Elegy" and Higdon's "Dooryard Bloom." -ASO, ASO Chorus, Gwinnett Young Singers; Robert Spano conducting.
READ THE FANFARE REVIEW.

Angels On High: A Robert Shaw Christmas
A captivating follow-up to the "Songs of Angels" recording, this disc offers a holiday mix of
classic Shaw/Parker choral arrangements with ravishing carols by outstanding American and British composers, including Lauridsen's "O magnum mysterium" and Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" with ASO Principal Harpist, Elisabeth Remy.

Bach: Mass in B minor
featuring the ASO Chamber Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw.
See also Bach: Magnificat
Songs of Angels
This 1994 release represents a revisiting by Robert Shaw of his famous Shaw/Parker a cappella Christmas carol arrangements with his Atlanta-based Robert Shaw Chamber Singers.
Bartok: Cantana Profana, Barber: Prayers for Kierkegaard & Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem
The Bartok is sung in Robert Shaw's English language performing version.
Grammy Winner:
1998 Best Choral Album and Best Classical Album
Beethoven: Mass in C & Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
conducted by Robert Shaw.
Beethoven: Missa solemnis & Mozart: Great Mass in C minor
A choral/orchestral tour-de-force, led by Robert Shaw.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D-Minor (1988)
Archival, live, recording of Robert Shaw's final Atlanta concert as ASO Music Director. -A 2016 ASO Media release.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D-Minor (2003)
Beethoven's final symphony, led by the ASO's Principal Guest Conductor, Donald Runnicles.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D-Minor (1985)
conducted by Robert Shaw.

Berlioz: Requiem
Performed by Robert Spano and the ASO Chorus, this is "the ASO Music Director's finest recording to date, and it's one of the best for the Orchestra and Chorus since the heyday of Robert Shaw," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The review, which also praised ASO Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie, said the Chorus's "power, agility and emotional profundity is unsurpassed among American symphonic choirs."
Grammy Winner: 2005 Best Choral Performance

Berlioz: Requiem, Boito: Prologue to Mefistofele & Verdi: Te Deum
Grammy Winner: 1985 Best Choral Album and Best Classical Album
Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Gesang der Parzen, Nänie & Schicksalslied
featuring Marylin Horne in the "Alto Rhapsody."
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
A deeply moving, insightful performance led by Robert Shaw.
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Robert Spano's 2007 account of Brahms' masterpiece,featuring Twyla Robinson and Mariusz Kwiecien.
Britten: War Requiem
Robert Shaw's searing account of Britten's masterpiece.
Grammy Winner: 1989 Best Choral Album
Christmas With Robert Shaw
featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus.
Choral Masterpieces
Choral music's greatest hits, such as Beethoven's (and Handel's) "Hallelujah" and Mozart's "Ave verum corpus," led by Robert Shaw.

Del Tredici: Paul Rever's Ride, Theofanidis: The Here and Now, Bernstein: Lamentation from "Jeremiah" Symphony
The world-premiere recording of two 2005 ASO commissions for Chorus and Orchestra with the solo vocal finale of Bernstein's famous Symphony, conducted by Robert Spano. READ THE GRAMOPHONE REVIEW.

Dvorák: Stabat Mater
Telarc presents the final recording to be made by the Dean of American choral conductors, Robert Shaw, leading the ASO and Chorus and soloists in one of their most stunning and magnificent performances ever to be immortalized on disc. Includes an interview with Robert Shaw and NPR's Martin Goldsmith of Performance Today.
Fauré& Duruflé: Requiem
The Fauré work is performed in its original chamber version, and the Duruflé is given in its full orchestral version. Robert Shaw conducts.
Gandolfi: QED Engaging Richard Feynman
An ASO commissioned work, conducted here in its world premiere recording by Robert Spano.

Glass: Itaipu/The Canyon
"Itaipu" was an ASO commissioned work, conducted here in its world premiere recording by Robert Shaw.

Golijov: Ainadamar ("Fountain of Tears")
This groundbreaking first opera by Osvaldo Golijov stars Dawn Upshaw and features the women of the ASO Chamber Chorus. With its Andalusian musical palette, the opera imagines the final days of poet Federico Garcia Lorca as seen through the eyes of Spanish actress Margarita Xirgu. This world premiere recording is conducted by Robert Spano. Grammy Winner: 2007 Best Opera Recording
Golijov: Oceana
The jazz- and Latin-tinged Oceana, features chorus and orchestra, guitars, harp, percussion and voice; played by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Robert Spano, with Brazilian jazz singer Luciana Souza. Also on the disc is a searing reading of the string quartet Tenebrae (by the Kronos Quartet) and the Straussian Three Songs with the luminous Dawn Upshaw. Read the GRAMOPHONE review.
Grand & Glorious - Great Operatic Choruses
featuring the ASO Chorus and Chamber Chorus, conducted by Robert Shaw.
Handel: Messiah
Having conducted more performances than any 20th century conductor, Robert Shaw's knowledge of this work was as vast as his love for it. Here he leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chamber Chorus in a stirring complete performance.
Handel: Messiah Highlights
Haydn: The Creation
Led by Robert Shaw in his own English language performing version. Listed in FANFARE Magazine's "Hall of Fame" (Click here to read review).
Higdon: The Singing Rooms
World premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon's concerto for violin, chorus and orchestra. Robert Spano conducting.
Hindemith: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd
"Shaw owned this music, and in two ways: not only did he leave us our greatest recording, but he also commissioned it from the composer in the first place. He knew it better than any other conductor could possibly hope to." -American Record Guide (Click here to read entire review)
Grammy Winner: 1987 Best Choral Album
Holst: The Planets
In Telarc's spectacular sonics, Yoel Levi leads the ASO in one of the most popular and colorful pieces of classical music ever written for orchestra. The women of the ASO Chorus create an atmosphere of ethereal mystery in the final movement, "Neptune."
Janacek: Glagolitic Mass & Dvorák: Te Deum
Led by Robert Shaw and featuring organist (and current ASO Director of Choruses) Norman Mackenzie.
Leshnoff: Zohar
The world premiere recording of Leshnoff's 2016 original composition, commissioned by the ASO.  The work is a musical exploration of the wonders and beauties of Jewish mysticism. -Robert Spano conducting.
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
Led by the ASO's Music Director Emeritus Yoel Levi, with radiant soprano Barbara Bonney.
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 "Symphony of a Thousand"
Robert Shaw marshalls the combined forces of eight distinguished soloists, the ASO, ASO Chorus, Atlanta Boy Choir, Tampa Bay Master Chorale and the Ohio State University Chorale.
The Many Moods of Christmas
A Christmas classic revisited by Robert Shaw, this time with his ASO forces.
Mendelssohn: Elijah
Robert Shaw leads an extraordinary cast, including Thomas Hampson, Barbara Bonney and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, in a spiritually uplifting rendition of Mendelssohn's choral masterpiece.

Mozart: Requiem
Featuring the ASO Chamber Chorus in the Robert Levin version, conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Mozart: Requiem
The Franz Beyer performing version, led by Robert Shaw.
Orff: Carmina burana
Rhythm is the driving force behind Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Whether loud and bombastic or sorrowful and gut-wrenching, this work is intensely dramatic. Robert Shaw conducts this 1980 release.
Orff: Carmina burana
ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles makes his Telarc recording debut in this thrilling new ASO performance of "Carmina burana." This modern musical setting of twenty-five earthy, secular poems by medieval Bavarian monks is sung in Latin and Middle High German.
Puccini: La Bohème
Robert Spano's concert version of the complete opera recorded live in Symphony Hall, September 2007. Also featuring the ASOC and the Gwinnett Young Singers. Read the reviews.
Rachmaninoff: The Bells
Sung in English, with soprano Renee Fleming; conducted by Robert Shaw.
Grammy Winner: 1997 Best Choral Album
Ravel: Daphnis & Chloé
The complete ballet score, conducted by Yoel Levi.
Schubert: Mass No. 2 in G & Mass No. 6 in E-flat
From America’s greatest choral conductor Robert Shaw and his superbly trained Atlanta forces comes an eloquent recording of Schubert's most famous two settings of the Latin mass.
Schubert: Songs for Male Chorus
Performed by the men of the Atlanta-based Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, with Norman Mackenzie, piano; Mary Akerman, guitar; Richard Clement and Karl Dent, tenors; and Martha Hart, mezzo soprano (in the famous Grillparzer "Ständchen").
Sibelius: Kullervo
Sung in Finnish by the men of the ASO Chorus with conductor Robert Spano leading the ASO, this disc represents the first-ever recording of Sibelius' epic work with an American chorus.
Szymanowski & Poulenc: Stabat Maters
"Gorgeous performances of two lovely, seldom-heard 20th century sacred works... Shaw's legendary chorus is both lush and precise, his soloists - Christine Goerke, Mariette Simpson and Victor Ledbetter - are splendid."
-Billboard
Thoefanidis: Creation/Creator
The world premiere recording of Theofanidis's 2014 original composition.  The work’s clever  interweaving of texts and ideas from philosophy, science, religion, poetry, and literature gives, as Theofanidis describes, a "profoundly deeper understanding of the relationship between these two subjects and to remove a limiting sense of a passive relationship between 'God' and humanity." -Robert Spano conducting.
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite & Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Inspired and intelligent, Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird paints a tonal masterpiece from the initial notes, to the closing curtains of his earliest work. Regarded as one of music’s consummate geniuses, Stravinsky’s interpretation of Diaghilev’s 1910 ballet, is as magnificent as the fiery plumage of it’s firebird.

Vaughan Williams: Mass in G-Minor
The 2006 debut a cappella recording of the ASO Chamber Chorus, led by ASO Director of Choruses, Norman Mackenzie. Also featured on the CD are the rarely heard four Motets of Aaron Copland and other a cappella works by Tallis, Messiaen, Duruflé and Tavener's famous Song for Athene. See also (Dona nobis pacem)
CLICK HERE to read the GRAMOPHONE Review.
CLICK HERE to read the American Record Guide Review.
CLICK HERE to read the AJC Review.

Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem, The Lark Ascending, 4th Symphony
The ASO Chorus' 2014 recording of this mighty work, on the ASO Media label. This 2-disc set also features Symphony No. 4 and ASO Concertmaster, David Coucheron, in "The Lark Ascending." ASO Music Director Robert Spano conducts.
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony
The first contemporary recording of an American conductor performing Vaughan Williams' First Symphony promises to become one of Telarc's most legendary discs for performance and sound. ASO Music Director Robert Spano conducts.
Grammy Winner:
2002 Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music, "Tallis" Fantasia, Symphony No. 5
The ASO Chamber Chorus and solo quartet perform Vaughan Williams' lush Serenade, as well as prefacing the famous string Fantasia with the a cappella Tallis Psalm setting on which it is based. ASO Music Director Robert Spano conducts.
Verdi: Four Sacred Pieces & Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
conducted by Robert Shaw.
Verdi: Requiem & Operatic Choruses
Having given his lifetime experience and mastery to the great repertory of the choral literature, Robert Shaw addresses one of the greatest challenges of all - Verdi's choral masterwork, the Requiem. Dubbed "the very finest recorded account" in a 2004 American Record Guide review.
Grammy Winner: 1988 Best Classical Album and Best Choral Album
Vivaldi: Gloria & Bach: Magnificat
Featuring Dawn Upshaw and the ASO Chamber Chorus, conducted by Robert Shaw.
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast & Bernstein: Chichester Psalms & Missa Brevis
Conducted by Robert Shaw.
Grammy Winner: 1990 Best Choral Album