Regina CoeliBy Vladimír Godár SATB Choral Octavo Level: Moderately Challenging Item: 12-0571521584
Godár's large and varied output includes an oratorio, works for orchestra, chorus, numerous chamber works, educational pieces and a number of award-winning film scores. His haunting music was little known outside Eastern Europe until ECM Records released his choral/vocal cycle Mater in 2006, in stunning performances featuring Czech singer Iva Bittova.
The Choral Signature Series presents new or recently composed choral music written by a diverse and eclectic selection of composers, including Howard Goodall, Morten Lauridsen, Jonathan Dove and Alexander L'Estrange. The series includes both lighter and more challenging works, and is designed to show that music is a reflection of composers' personalities and backgrounds -- from their biographical details right down to their signatures -- showing that contemporary choral music doesn't have to be faceless and impersonal. The covers feature the composer's signature, along with a short biography, and a useful 'difficulty rating' for the work.