[WQRX] Young People’s Chorus of New York City Looks Ahead with ‘Transient Glory III’
That control allows the YPC to put the focus of these recordings on the writing of some of the most outstanding composers in the United States. One Sweet Morning, the album’s most traditional offering, showcases John Corigliano’s warm, complex tonal harmonies, but Michael Gordon’s Every Stop on the F Train, an austere but nevertheless diverting setting of the names of every subway station along the F-train line, is executed just as ably by the young choristers.
Two legends of American composition, Terry Riley and Meredith Monk, manage to contribute works as rich as Corigliano’s and as forward-looking as Gordon’s, while also managing to tap into the choir’s wild, youthful energy with their peerlessly inventive vocal writing on Monk’s Things Heaven and Hell and Riley’s hefty Another Secret eQuation for YPC and Kronos Quartet. The high-concept electro-acoustics of Bora Yoon’s Semaphore Conductus are as sonically lovely and stylish as they are clever, and Paquito D’Rivera, a giant of Cuban music, turns the choir into an a cappella jazz orchestra with his Tembandumba.
The youth of the performers seems, somehow, to have rubbed off on the works themselves. This is young music—not just a newly composed body of work, but a new repertoire, one that looks to the future, alive and ripe with promise.