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Paul Moravec, recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Music, has established a reputation for large-scale operatic and choral works, of which his oratorio Sanctuary Road is the most recent. The work details efforts by African American slaves to escape servitude in the southern states by fleeing to free states and Canada during the first half of the nineteenth century. This recording is from the 2018 world premiere performance in Carnegie Hall, reviewed by BroadwayWorld as ‘filled with energy, humanity and, of course, musicality from all involved.’

Paul MORAVEC (b. 1957)
Sanctuary Road
An oratorio based on the writings of William Still
Libretto by Mark Campbell

Laquita Mitchell, Soprano • Raehann Bryce-Davis, Mezzo-soprano
Joshua Blue, Tenor • Malcolm J. Merriweather, Baritone
Dashon Burton, Bass-baritone • Oratorio Society of New York
Chorus and Orchestra • Kent Tritle

After the success of his opera The Shining, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec has once again collaborated with librettist Mark Campbell to create the second of his ‘American historical oratorios.’ Sanctuary Road draws on the astonishing stories to be found in William Still’s book The Underground Railroad, which documents the network of secret routes and safe houses used by African American slaves to escape into free states and Canada during the early- to mid-1800s. The epic nature of these stories of courage, perseverance and sacrifice is transformed into an enthralling saga, heard here at its world premiere performance at Carnegie Hall – a performance acclaimed by BroadwayWorld for its ‘riveting, pulsating wall of sound [and] stellar soloists.’

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More recordings of music by Paul Moravec
Cool Fire
Chamber Symphony
Autumn Song

Bridgehampton Chamber
Music Festival
‘This collection of recent pieces shows Moravec doing what he does best: writing blisteringly creative chamber pieces, in which every measure seems both exhilarating
and inevitable.’
Violin Concerto
Shakuhachi Quintet
Equilibrium • Evermore

Bachmann • Schlefer • Gosling
Voxare String Quartet
Symphony in C conducted by
Rossen Milanov
‘The sound of the shakuhachi is intensely dramatic, but Moravec focuses just as much on the pure, lovely singing tone the flute is capable of delivering, blending the solo woodwind with the very different sounds of the accompanying strings into one coherent sphere
of sonority.’
WQXR (New York)
The Time Gallery
Protean Fantasy
Ariel Fantasy

eighth blackbird
Sheppard Skærved • Shorr
‘Original and masterfully constructed, this music did what all good music should: enticed me to seek out more of this composer’s work. Recommended without a moment’s hesitation. A real find!’
MusicWeb International
Useful Knowledge
Vita Brevis

Burton • Trio Solisti • Mulligan
Scarlata • La Fenice • Brauer
‘I have been following the music of Paul Moravec for about 10 years now, and I find him to be one of the most rewarding compositional voices of his generation. This new release introduces us to three more of his fine works, all first recordings.’
‘Not only is the music captivating, it also has a consistent energy and focus that is very impressive. Couple this with a lovely, natural recording and playing of real stature and you have a very special disc indeed.’
MusicWeb International
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