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John Knowles Paine:
Saint Peter: An Oratorio
John Knowles Paine: ST PETER: AN ORATORIO coverOver 115 years ago, John Knowles Paine's oratorio St Peter received its premiere in Boston's old Music Hall and was immediately heralded as a masterpiece.  Paine himself, at the time, was rapidly becoming recognized as the foremost figure in a blossoming American music scene, and he is remembered today as the first American composer of international significance. 

After its initial performance though, St Peter inexplicably lapsed into obscurity until the efforts of Gunther Schuller and a dedicated group of assistants brought the oratorio to light again in the spring of 1989. 

Realized here in all its magnificence by Boston's Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Back Bay Chorale, as well as four of America's finest young singers, St Peter: An Oratorio speaks with a romantic eloquence and passion rarely equaled in American sacred music.

(Also by John Knowles Paine on GM Recordings, his Violin Sonata in B Minor.)

"Schuller's recording is a major accomplishment, both in the resurrection of the work and in the excellent production." 
—American Record Guide

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Jeanne Ommerlé, sopranoD'Anna Fortunato, mezzo-sopranoPaul Austin Kelly, tenorDavid Evitts, baritoneThe Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston
Gunther Schuller, conductorThe Back Bay ChoraleDavid Hodgkins, chorusmaster
[Detailed personnel listing]
Disc 1 67:23
   "The Divine Call"
   "The Denial and Repentance"
Disc 2 57:48
"The Ascension"
[Detailed program listing]
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