RIYL: neo-classical

Label: Recital Program

It’s been three years since McCann’s last effort for his own Recital Program. That last effort was for a private audience, and this one is meant for the masses. Sean McCann fulfills his role as a composer properly on this album, with a full choir and orchestra at his disposal. You’ll notice a slathering of names on the roster, yet the presence of these tracks could be considered meek considering what’s behind the flood gates. To be fair, though, they’ve only given us two tracks out of sixteen total so what we’re hearing now could be totally different from the rest of the album. For all we know, they’ll be playing so loud it’ll send the chandelier crashing down in that ornate dining room they’ve (somehow) set up shop in. One peculiar aspect to note: the choir, instead of sounding off in unison, feels more akin to the conversations going on within a schizophrenic’s head. Listen to two of the tracks by clicking through the Buy Now button below and see what you think of them. I realize I could do some sorcery and link them directly here, but I’m trying to respect the label. Cheers!

The Details

Players Ben Baker Billington, Andrew Chalk, Kayla Cohen, Ian William Craig, Maxwell August Croy, Sarah Davachi, Hank Doyle, Matthew Erickson, Scott Foust, Rob Frye, Celia Hollander, Seth Kasselman, Graham Lambkin, Gabi Losoncy, Rob Magill, Sean McCann, Erica McLachlin, Dave McPeters, Nour Mobarak, Allen Mozek, Tom James Scott, Zachary Paul Schwartz, Troy Schafer, Cameron Stallones, Nick Storring, Matthew Sullivan, Lillian Paige Walton

Rose-Paste Chorale Kayla Cohen, Maxwell August Croy, Morgan Fox, Spencer Grady, Ursula Grady, Benjamin Lovell, Greg Manata, Erica McLachlin, Crystal Myslajek, Matthew Sage, Paula Schanes, Zachary Paul Schwartz, Alex Twomey

First full-length album by Sean McCann since 2013’s Music for Private Ensemble (R5) . Three years in the making, Public Ensemble employs the talents of many Recital allies; a mélange of voices and instruments; violin, viola, cello, contrabass, piano, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, flute, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, pedal-steel, koto, electronic keyboards (organ, farfisa, harpsichord), percussion, other sounds, tape, & a lamp.
Many of the pieces include recited text; reflections stemming from McCann’s book Pacifics (R14). The narrative is meaningless or meaningful.
Produced and arranged by McCann in Los Angeles, CA.

Limited Edition of 500
Includes a 12-page pamphlet with texts, program notes, & artwork.
Digital download coupon.

Price $24.95

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