1-5. Five Songs of the Newfoundland Outports
7-9. Three Limericks
Originally released in the early 1980s on vinyl records, these three works are brought together on CD, and represent a major statement in Canadian choral music composition.
Composer Harry Somers offers three pieces, all of which exhibit a thoroughly different character and mood. From the traditional folksong lyricism of the Five Songs of the Newfoundland Outports through the atonally dramatic Kyrie to the witty and bawdy cabaret-like Three Limericks, Somers provides the listener with a rich diversity of musical expression.
“This collection of music by Toronto’s Harry Somers remains one of the finest vocal discs in the Canadian catalogue, with the Elmer Iseler Singers in top form… Would that Somers were more prolific; his music is as good as we have in this country.” – William Littler, The Toronto Star
Elmer Iseler Singers
The Elmer Iseler Singers, Roxolana Roslak (soprano), Patricia Kern (mezzo-soprano), Susan Cooper (soprano), Robert Missen (tenor), Nelson Lohnes (bass-baritone), Timothy Cadan (bass), Elmer Iseler (conductor).
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