Monday, August 20, 2012
The Turtle Creek Chorale and Dallas Wind Symphony - Testament
All of the music on this album is performed by The Turtle Creek Chorale, an all-male chorus which is accompanied by the Dallas Wind Symphony. While The Testament of Freedom is meant to be the central gem of this album, I actually prefer the other works. Copland's arrangement of "Simple Gifts" is simply one of the best things to ever happen to music. I was also swept away by Berstein's "Make Our Garden Grow," which was a pleasant surprise. The testament itself is a fine piece of music, but I find it was somewhat overshadowed by all the other excellent music on this album.