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Release Date: February 12, 2016

Catalog #: NV6027





A Psalm of Life    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Come Holy, Spirit

Kateřina Čermáková; Josef Jarábek; Nela Durníková;

and Veronika Hofmanová, clarinets


Gnosis    Christopher Pearse Cranch


Shall I Compare Thee?    William Shakespeare


The Nightingale    Francesco Petrarch

Jaroslav Šaroun, piano; Alena Hellerová, soprano soloist;

Michaela Šrůmová, soprano soloist


To Daffodils    Robert Herrick


Posies    Robert Burns

Hana Müllerová-Jouzová, harp

The Winter Is Past

A Red, Red Rose

On Sensibility

10  The Lazy Mist




11  Even Such is Time   Sir Walter Raleigh

12  On the World   Francis Quarles

13  To One in Paradise   Edgar Allan Poe

14  Memory   Thomas Bailey Aldrich

15  Evolution   John Banister Tabb

16  The Night has a Thousand Eyes   Francis William Bourdillon

17  Life   Paul Laurence Dunbar

18  Acquainted With the Night   Robert Frost


19  THE West Wind   Percy Bysshe Shelley


Memorial Concert Mass

20  Introit

21  Kyrie

22 Collect

23  Gradual / Tract

24  Offertory

25  Secret

26  Sanctus


28  The Lord’s Prayer

29  Agnus Dei

30  Closing Prayers






Michael G. Cunningham




On his latest release on Navona Records, WISDOM-LOVE-ETERNITY, composer Michael G. Cunningham presents a collection of his choral works, performed by the Kühn Choir of Prague conducted by Marek Vorlíček, which explore the spiritual element of the human condition, addressing the uncertainty of death, the inexpressible emotion of love, and humans’ search for an understanding of God.


Poetry plays a significant role in many of the works in the album. Poetry from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Shakespeare, C. P. Cranch, Francesco Petrarch, Robert Herrick, Robert Burns, P. B. Shelley, and others is introduced, inspiring contemplative, dramatic, and elaborate vocal harmonies, instrumental accompaniment, and musical imagery. Some of Cunningham’s more austere writing is found in his setting of text from the Christian liturgy in works such as Come, Holy Spirit (1975) and The West Wind (1961).





Audiophile Audition praises Michael G. Cunningham as “a gifted and interesting composer”


Cunningham has written over 200 compositions, spanning virtually every medium. He is a respected educator and author, with more than ten books published focusing on the subjects of composition and music theory


His works have been performed in Europe, Japan, Australia, and throughout the United States


Cunningham’s other albums – PARAGONIA, SONIC FLIGHT, GALLERY, and COLONNADE – are available through Navona Records


His works are featured on the Navona compilations VOICES OF EARTH & AIR, QUADRANTS, and CONTINUUM





Michael G. Cunningham was born in Warren MI in 1937 and holds music degrees from Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and Indiana University. After limited teaching appointments at four different universities, he remained Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire from 1973 to 2006. Information on his various music theory and composition textbooks can be found on his website:










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