A sample from the opening of Roxanna Panufnik's wonderous work Dance of Life - recorded in Estonia (Tallinn) and released on Warner Classics in 2013.

Roxanna Panufnik's Dance of Life

DANCE OF LIFE  was ECMC's brother chorus Choral Chameleon's concert on Sunday, March 8th and Thursday March 12th, 2015 featuring ECMC, Chameleonic, and The Choir and Orchestra of St. Paul's Carroll Street at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music


Choral Chameleon, Chameleonic, Empire City Men's Chorus, and The Choir and Orchestra of St. Paul's Carroll Street under Director Vince Peterson to welcomed the pivotal British composer, Roxanna Panufnik to New York City in our United States premiere of her unprecedented and life-affirming work, Dance of Life, a new hybrid mass/oratorio in three languages with stunning poetic texts by leading Estonian poets, Doris Kareva and Jürgen Rooste.

In the work, Elu (Soprano, Heather Michele Meyer), the lyric soprano spirit of life, encounters a plethora of everyday people who are searching for something more. But when she invites them into the Dance, she finds that they are each so consumed with their own solitary existence, and cannot connect with her. Elu declares that despite all our daily struggles and weaknesses, there is pleasure to be had in the Dance of Life. She reiterates her deeply proud and patriotic feelings about Tallinn and leads us, with all our music of strings, Tallinn’s bells and a rejoicing choir, rising higher and higher upwards, towards God. 

“Its surface gleam is not the gleam of facility, but simply the light that momentarily hides a profound interior."  – Choir and Organ Magazine, Jan/Feb. 2014

"Magnificent music… The Performance is superb, as is the clear and brilliant sound. Panufnik’s art is something special, putting her among the elite composers in the world today." – Audiophile

 

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Playlist

Click the track titles to access a translation and further information on www.tallinmass.com. You can also view videos of some of the original studio recording sessions in Estonia (Tallinn) by clicking the highlighted tracks.

ACT I KYRIE
1. Preacher/Jutleja, Chorus (Kyrie), orchestra
2. Preacher/Jutleja, Chorus, orchestra
3. Life/Elu, Chorus (Kyrie), orchestra

4. Beggar/Kerjus, orchestra
5. Life/Elu, Chorus, orchestra
6. Spy/Nuhk, orchestra
7. Life/Elu, Chorus (Kyrie), orchestra

ACT II GLORIA
8. Mayor/Linnapea, Chorus
9. Life/Elu, Chorus (Gloria), orchestra

ACT III CREDO
10. Banker/Pankur, orchestra
11. Life/Elu, Chorus (Credo) , orchestra

ACT IV SANCTUS & BENEDICTUS
12. Life/Elu, orchestra
13. Prostitute/Prostituut, orchestra
14. Life/Elu, Chorus (Sanctus & Benedictus) , orchestra

ACT V AGNUS DEI
15. Life/Elu, orchestra
16. Ad Man/Reklaamimees, Chorus, orchestra
17. Life/Elu, Chorus (Agnus Dei) , orchestra

ACT VI ITA MISSA EST!
18. Preacher/Jutleja, Chorus (Kyrie reprise) orchestra
19. Life/Elu, Chorus, orchestra