Collegiate Chorale/American Symphony Orchestra/James Bagwell
Bruckner: Te Deum/Tippett: A Child of Our Time
Carnegie Hall, February 3, 2012
It has been said in various ways that live performance affects the listener in ways no recording can duplicate. The sound vibration of the live, unamplified singer and orchestra plays not only to one’s ears, but to the body, the internal organs, and particularly to the heart. There is no denying that the sounds produced by The Collegiate Chorale, American Symphony Orchestra, and soloists Nicole Cabell, Marietta Simpson, and Russell Thomas, conducted by James Bagwell, made a beeline straight to the heart at Carnegie Hall last Friday night. Phil Spector at his height never constructed a “wall of sound” such as this!