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Through the Green Fuse

Music by Donald M. Skirvin, William Averitt, Gordon Binkerd and others

Recorded August 2004 at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company in Marin County, CA


Talented 34-mixed voice, Austin-based Conspirare Company of Voices, directed by renowned conductor Craig Hella Johnson, bring us a fine, varied collection of 17 pieces… The songs, from varied times and traditions segue easily into one another because of the arrangements, some by Johnson, and the poised, confident talent of Conspirare. Beautiful, colorful liner notes have the complete lyrics, and tell us, for instance that the “green fuse” is from a poem by Dylan Thomas. (from singers.com)

“The choir truly lives up to its professional credentials, with a consistently high standard of ensemble coordination, expression, and mastery of detail… a genuine treat for choral fans.” — ClassicsToday.com

“This is simply gorgeous choral singing … near-perfect interpretive consensus and vocal ensemble, with stiletto-sharp intonation and unearthly tonal beauty… incredibly smooth, spacious, and detailed sound… This music takes me to my warm and peaceful inner place, helping me to forget the world’s travails and my own. And that, to me, is priceless.” — American Record Guide

  1. Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty (Gaelic Hymn)
  2. There Will Be Rest (Frank Ticheli)
  3. Alchemy: Living Gold (Donald M. Skirvin)
  4. Alchemy: Cups of Fire (Donald M. Skirvin)
  5. Alchemy: Jewelled Blaze (Donald M. Skirvin)
  6. Alchemy: O Beauty (Donald M. Skirvin)
  7. With Joy We Go Dancing (Einojuhani Rautavaara)
  8. Ruth (Paul Ayres)
  9. Afro American Fragments: Song for Billie Holiday (William Averitt)
  10. Afro American Fragments: Feet o’ Jesus
  11. Afro American Fragments: Fire
  12. Hard Times Come Again No More (Stephen Foster, arr. CHJ)
  13. Deep River (arr. Anders Paulsson)
  14. This Is My Song – Finlandia (Jean Sibelius)
  15. Autumn Flowers (Gordon Binkerd)
  16. Smávinir fagrir (Jon Nordal)
  17. Sleep (Eric Whitacre)