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21 September 2018

Choral Featured Album: 'Of Radiance and Refraction'

by Classical Music Features (Classical MPR)

Hear selections from new releases with our weekly Choral Featured Album Fridays at 11 a.m. central on the Choral Stream.

This week on the Choral Featured Album, we present Of Radiance and Refraction, the debut album of Indiana University contemporary vocal ensemble Notus. Comprising 12 tracks, the record includes works by Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandstrom, Aaron Travers, John Gibson, Igor Stravinsky, and Dominick DiOrio. Read more about the ensemble below (excerpt from the Innova Recordings website):

As it approaches its fortieth birthday, it is high time NOTUS put out its first record. Founded in 1980 and based in Bloomington, Indiana, the choir is known for its commitment to new music and has premiered over 150 works. Five of their commissions are featured here. Of Radiance and Refraction, their debut album, demonstrates the wealth of talent found in the student ensemble led by Dominick DiOrio, as well as the remarkable works written for them by composition teachers at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, some tackling choral music for the first time.