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Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson
Genres: Pop, Classical
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All Artists: Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, Ron Nelson NOT Ronald A. Nelson, Randall Thompson, Dallas Wind Symphony, Turtle Creek Chorale
Title: Testament
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Reference Recordings
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Re-Release Date: 3/9/1993
Album Type: Enhanced
Genres: Pop, Classical
Styles: Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 030911104924

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Wonderful Piece of Americana
Jay Young | Austin, TX USA | 01/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

I bought, and was very disappointed in, the New York Choral Society's recording of "Testament of Freedom" a couple of years ago. The diction was indisctinct, the voices were overpowered by the instruments, and the sound in general left a lot to be desired. I was delighted when I accidentally stumbled on this CD and found out that "Testament of Freedom" was included.

The Turtle Creek Chorale does an excellent job with the title piece. The vocal sound of the group 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. Plus, I prefer the men's choir arrangement of "Testament," largely because I remember singing it for Region Choir auditions over 10 years ago. 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.

"Testament" is a must-own CD for any American music lover, as it feautures the work of a criminally-underperformed composer. It's worth buying for the performance "Testament of Freedom" alone, although all the tracks are excellent, particularly the "Alleluia". 5 out of 5."