Arnold Rosner: The Masses


American sacred choral music by Arnold Rosner, performed by Blossom Street, directed by Hilary Campbell.

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“The choral masses of American composer Arnold Rosner draw together elements of his style to present a very distinctive result. The Renaissance polyphony cantus firmus mass tradition comes together with the big-boned fervor of 20th century neo-romantism to produce something that is uniformly powerful in impact.” – Carson Cooman

About the artists

Arnold Rosner

Arnold RosnerDuring his fifty-year compositional career, the American composer Arnold Rosner (1945–2013) produced a body of work that combined diverse influences into a powerful, distinctly personal musical voice. His catalogue comprises compositions in nearly every genre. These include three operas, eight symphonies, numerous works for orchestra and wind band. In addition there are several large-scale choral works, and many chamber, solo, and vocal pieces.

Rosner’s musical language is founded on the harmonic and rhythmic devices of the polyphonic music of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Listeners can find these roots, to a greater or lesser extent, in virtually all his music. To them he added a free triadicism and exotic modalities, intensified in some works by more contemporary harmonic dissonance. He combined this language with the lavish orchestration and emotional drama of late-nineteenth-century Romanticism. Rosner shaped his unusual language to embrace an enormous expressive range. This was far broader than one might imagine possible, from serene beauty to violent rage. This makes Rosner’s music worthy of serious consideration, rather than being merely an integration of earlier styles. Yet despite its fusion of seemingly incongruous elements, most of his music is readily accessible even to untutored listeners. Read more

Blossom Street

Blossom StreetBlossom Street is a versatile chamber choir comprising some of the UK’s most experienced young singers, which performs regularly on TV and radio as well as on the concert platform, has released three critically acclaimed CDs with Naxos.

The group formed over a decade ago while the singers were studying at the University of York. They relocated to London in 2007 and are now directed by Hilary Campbell, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Blossom Street filmed a medley of Christmas carols for BBC2 while in York. This was broadcast during the snooker final in 2005, and has since been performed nationwide and beyond. They sang to Prince Charles on ITV1 as part of his 60th birthday celebrations. They gave their debut in Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the Voicelab series in 2009. More recent projects include performances in Sweden, Japan and Spain as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe. They have regular broadcasts on BBC Radios 3 and 4, recording projects for Resonus and Guild, several education projects and corporate, concert and festival work. In addition, the group has featured regularly on BBC Radio 3, performing live on The Choir and In Tune. Read more

Hilary Campbell

Hilary CampbellHilary Campbell is a freelance choral specialist, and is founder and Musical Director of Blossom Street. She is also Musical Director of Bristol Choral Society, Chiswick Choir and the Music Makers of London. Her project work includes acting as guest conductor of ensembles. These include the BBC Singers, Trinity Laban Chamber Choir and the University of Greenwich Choir. In addition, she was chorus master of the BBC Symphony Chorus and Royal Academy of Music Symphony Chorus.

In 2017, she began working at the Royal Academy of Music as a BMus Lecturer. She runs an annual project with Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, alongside Blossom Street & the RAM composition department. Read more

CD Booklet
  • Missa L'homme armé, Op. 50 (1971): Kyrie - Arnold Rosner
  • Missa L'homme armé, Op. 50 (1971): Gloria - Arnold Rosner
  • Missa L'homme armé, Op. 50 (1971): Credo - Arnold Rosner
  • Missa L'homme armé, Op. 50 (1971): Sanctus - Arnold Rosner
  • Missa L'homme armé, Op. 50 (1971): Agnus Dei - Arnold Rosner
  • Nine Tagore Madrigals, Op. 37 (1968): IX. Peace, My Heart - Arnold Rosner
  • Missa In nomine, Op. 62 (1974): Kyrie - Arnold Rosner
  • Missa In nomine, Op. 62 (1974): Gloria - Arnold Rosner
  • Missa In nomine, Op. 62 (1974): Credo - Arnold Rosner
  • Missa In nomine, Op. 62 (1974): Sanctus - Arnold Rosner
  • Missa In nomine, Op. 62 (1974): Agnus Dei - Arnold Rosner
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Catalogue number: CR053

Conductor Hilary Campbell
Choir Blossom Street
Composer Arnold Rosner
Programme Notes Carson Cooman
Sound Engineer Adaq Khan
Assistant Engineer Joshua Kenney
Creative Director Mike Cooter
Producer Andrew King
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded 1st & 2nd August 2018
Recording Location St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London

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