Providence Singers releases fourth CD: Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living
The Providence Singers has released a new recording of Requiem for the Living, a 2013 work for chorus and chamber orchestra by American composer Dan Forrest. It is the Singers’ fourth commercial recording in its American Masterpieces series.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Singers has released Requiem for the Living, its fourth recording in the American Masterpieces series. Requiem for the Living is a 2013 work for chorus and chamber orchestra by the American composer Dan Forrest, which the Providence Singers introduced to New England audiences in November 2014.
“Dan Forrest’s Requiem had a strong and immediate appeal, engaging Singers in significant ways from the first rehearsal,” said Christine Noel, the Singers artistic director. “That appeal was even more noticeable in performance and led directly to our recording.
Forrest has received considerable critical acclaim for his choral, orchestral, instrumental, and wind band works. Requiem for the Living, commissioned by the Hickory Choral Society in North Carolina, is his best-known work and continues to be performed throughout the United States and internationally (Pretoria, Manila, Hong Kong, Florence).
At its core, Forrest has written, a requiem is a prayer for rest, traditionally for the deceased. The five movements of Requiem for the Living, however, form a narrative aimed also at the living and their continuing struggle with pain and sorrow. The work explores a range of musical and emotional motifs from quiet and contemplative to harshly critical, drawing inspiration from scripture (Proverbs, the Book of Job), from views of Earth taken from the International Space Station, and, for the Sanctus, from images of the universe (“Pleni sunt caeli”) gathered by the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Providence Singers recorded the work in January 2017 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass., and celebrated its release at the group’s regular Tuesday rehearsal December 5, 2017. Copies of the CD are available for sale at the Singers website (www.providencesingers.org), with digital downloads available at Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, and GooglePlay, and streaming services available on Spotify and Rhapsody.