• From Wilderness

    Catalog #: NV6421

    Release Date: April 22, 2022

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir
    Orchestra

    Spanning landscapes from Mexico to Canada, the Pacific Crest Trail covers thousands of miles of natural beauty, creating a transformative journey captured in FROM WILDERNESS from Navona Records. Choral Arts Initiative, conducted by Brandon Elliott and joined by cellist Kevin Mills, paints these landscapes from composer Jeffrey Derus with vibrant color, with vocal soloists giving identities to the spirit animals one may encounter on the trail. A concert-length work and meditation, the listener will hear a wash of sounds that allow for introspective reflection on the sacredness of nature, the profound text, and themselves.

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  • Fetter & Air

    Catalog #: NV6400

    Release Date: January 28, 2022

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir

    An emotional and collaborative tour de force, Dominick DiOrio’s FETTER & AIR presents the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia’s own words set to a haunting soundscape that explores each member’s innermost hopes, fears, dreams, and desires. The massive undertaking is a skillful combination of 562 audio files comprising spoken word and singing by 61 chorus members, combined into a single piece by DiOrio and sound designer Justin “JG” Geller. The personal thoughts and interweaving arrangements create a raw expressiveness and intimacy, ultimately rendering a reminder of how our own stories echo within us.

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  • Fall And Decline

    Catalog #: NV6359

    Release Date: August 27, 2021

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir

    With Gregory Brown’s FALL AND DECLINE on Navona Records, the composer chronicles the heights to which humanity can soar—but also the depths to which it may come crashing down. Scored for the solo voices of virtuosic vocal sextet Variant 6 and electronics, the sounds range from typical choral textures (though peppered with microtones) to angular and aggressive electronic soundscapes.

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  • Vocal Works

    Catalog #: NV6360

    Release Date: August 13, 2021

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir
    Orchestra

    Throughout his ever-evolving career, Brian Field has penned music for everything from orchestra and chamber settings to ballet and television, sprinkling in influences of post-romanticism, minimalism, and jazz. On his album VOCAL WORKS on Navona Records, the human voice takes center stage, and Field doesn’t shy away from his brand of compositional diversity. Field brings six pieces springing from the page, including a traditional Sephardic lullaby, musical interpretations of Pablo Neruda's and E. E. Cummings’ poetry, and works with texts written by the composer himself. Throughout the album, the Budapest Chorus conducted by Martón Tóth brings dynamism and emotion to every note.

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  • A Native Hill

    Catalog #: NV6347

    Release Date: April 9, 2021

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir

    Navona Records presents A NATIVE HILL from Philadelphia’s professional chamber choir, The Crossing. This monumental unaccompanied work is the result of a collaboration with composer Gavin Bryars, whose previous work for The Crossing won them their first of two recent Grammy awards. With intimate knowledge of the individual voices and art of each singer, Bryars composed A NATIVE HILL to capitalize on the group’s unique sound, personality, and esprit de corps.

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  • The Tower and the Garden

    Catalog #: NV6303

    Release Date: February 12, 2021

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir

    On THE TOWER AND THE GARDEN, the multi-GRAMMY winning choir The Crossing and conductor Donald Nally ponder the fragility of the earth, the awe of nature, and the power of language to unite, or divide, society.

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  • Voices of Earth and Air Vol III

    Catalog #: NV6299

    Release Date: October 9, 2020

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir
    Organ

    Judging by Navona's VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR VOL III, this century is facing a significant paradigm shift in contemporary composition. The third installment of the trailblazing series again showcases contemporary choral music, and once more, it is mesmerizing – mesmerizingly tonal and aesthetic.

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  • Soundtrack of the American Soldier

    Catalog #: NV6297

    Release Date: August 28, 2020

    20th Century
    21st Century
    Orchestral
    Vocal Music
    Choir
    Orchestra

    Navona Records presents SOUNDTRACK OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIER, an album of contemporary works for wind band performed by The United States Army Field Band. Led by Colonel Jim R Keene, the Army Field Band is the U.S. Army’s premier touring musical organization. In SOUNDTRACK OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIER, the Army Field Band presents music of classic American films and video games, and in doing so celebrates the stories they portray and the men and women who inspired them. Monitored and mixed in IMMERSIVE DOLBY ATMOS® (5.1.4), SURROUND (5.1), and STEREO, the album immerses the listener in a multi-dimensional soundscape that creates a deeply meaningful connection to the music and the stories it portrays.

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  • Spirit of Humanity

    Catalog #: NV6292

    Release Date: June 26, 2020

    21st Century
    Orchestral
    Vocal Music
    Choir
    Orchestra
    Voice

    A historical feast awaits listeners on Ganesh Kumar's first NAVONA release SPIRIT OF HUMANITY. Half intended as an homage to Beethoven, half a musical portrayal of a little-known refugee crisis in World War II, it aims to be an epically emotional orchestral experience.

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  • Carthage

    Catalog #: NV6287

    Release Date: May 22, 2020

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir

    GRAMMY-winning chamber choir The Crossing is back with their latest installment in a multi-album series with Navona Records. CARTHAGE comes on the heels of the 2020 GRAMMY-nominated album THE ARC IN THE SKY, released last summer. In this latest offering, artistic director Donald Nally leads the choir through six striking pieces by composer James Primosch that confront the most elemental questions of Western philosophy.

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  • Harmony of Dissonance

    Catalog #: NV6255

    Release Date: October 25, 2019

    21st Century
    Jazz
    Vocal Music
    Choir
    Large Ensemble
    Piano

    HARMONY OF DISSONANCE brings together, juxtaposes, and intertwines the disparate singing styles of the regions of Dalmatia, which remain stylistically and performatively distant even today. While these musical worlds present seemingly irreconcilable musical and cultural differences, they are all connected by polyphonic singing, which forms the core of this collaboration between the Harmonija Dissonance Ensemble and the Jazz Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Zagreb.

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  • The Arc in the Sky

    Catalog #: NV6240

    Release Date: July 12, 2019

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir

    Multiple Grammy Award-winning chamber choir The Crossing moves listeners with their new release THE ARC IN THE SKY, a breathtaking performance of the eponymous work by accomplished choral composer Kile Smith. Based on texts by Robert Lax (1915–2000), it constitutes an American pilgrimage into spirituality.

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  • Evolutionary Spirits

    Catalog #: NV6218

    Release Date: June 28, 2019

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir

    EVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS brings together the artistry of Grammy Award-winning chamber choir The Crossing with innovative works of six contemporary composers. Ranging from songs of praise from the Biblical era to present day, and from contemporary poetry to the reimagining of a Shakespearean sonnet, EVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS explores humanity in all its facets.

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  • In Heaven

    Catalog #: NV6228

    Release Date: May 24, 2019

    21st Century
    Liturgical
    Vocal Music
    Choir
    Organ

    The Jitro Czech Girls Choir, under the leadership of conductor and music director Jiří Skopal, presents yet another vivid exploration of the depths of traditional Czechoslovakian music on their fourth release with Navona, JITRO IN HEAVEN. The tone for the album is set by Liturgical Chants, five pieces which express the spiritual and musical code of European culture. These pieces are composed by Petr Eben, an icon of 20th-century Czech music.

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  • Ecumenical Spirit

    Catalog #: NV6222

    Release Date: April 26, 2019

    21st Century
    Liturgical
    Vocal Music
    Choir

    Composer Michael G. Cunningham introduces the beauty of sacred choral compositions with the unique energy of the live recording. “Ecumenical” is defined as the promotion of unity among different Christian churches across the world, and ECUMENICAL SPIRIT celebrates the unifying powers of music as it transcends the borders of all differences.

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  • Voices of Earth and Air Vol II

    Catalog #: NV6221

    Release Date: April 26, 2019

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir

    VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR VOL II presents the best that modern choral compositions have to offer. Settings of traditional prayers are mingled with ethereal stories and otherworldly visions, and each of the eight compositions both stand unique and work together harmoniously to create a collection that nods to the future of choral music.

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  • Peace, Nature, & Renewal

    Catalog #: NV6220

    Release Date: March 22, 2019

    21st Century
    Chamber
    Orchestral
    Choir
    Orchestra
    Wind Ensemble

    Composer Mark Dal Porto's award-winning, neo-Romantic Song of Eternity for Orchestra starts off THE MUSIC OF MARK DAL PORTO in epic fashion. If Mahler and Prokofiev had collaborated on a composition, it would probably have sounded a lot like this: pensive, evocative, and nostalgic. Song of Eternity describes the eternal renewal of nature with cinematic impact. It is inspired by an ancient Chinese poem, as is the next piece, I Seek Rest for My Lonely Heart for A-Cappella Choir. This work continues the subject of nature, albeit in a more individualized fashion, capturing the sentiment of a distressed soul in search of peace in a pastoral setting.

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  • RenMen Laments

    Catalog #: NV6210

    Release Date: February 8, 2019

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir

    Despite the frequent crescendos to the sonic peaks of each composition, RENMEN LAMENTS is an exploration into the valleys of the soul. For most, creating art in the realm of somber moods poses challenges. For the Renaissance Men, the melancholic nature of their musical exploration is not only achieved individually but shared amongst the talents of the vocalists.

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  • When The Soul Speaks

    Catalog #: NV6205

    Release Date: January 25, 2019

    21st Century
    Vocal Music
    Choir

    The Bonifantes Boys Choir showcases the best of the best of the Czech boy singers and composer Jan Jirásek over the past 20 years. WHEN THE SOUL SPEAKS demonstrates the abilities of both the ensemble and its leaders through the performance of Latin Christian masses, Buddhist mantras and Quran excerpts, and traditional Czech hymns -- together presenting the idea that different religions and cultural customs can stand together side by side.

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  • When You Are Reminded by the Instruments

    Catalog #: NV6191

    Release Date: October 12, 2018

    20th Century
    21st Century
    Orchestral
    Solo Instrumental
    Choir
    Large Ensemble
    Saxophone

    Pan-Fare, the album's starting point, is a rare modern classical piece for steel pan and a motley, jazz-inflected ensemble. Fun, energetic, and brimming with rhythmic imagination, it is set against an original percussive backdrop provided by, among others, a vibraslap, a marimba, and a Chinese opera gong.

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