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Friday, July 10, 2009

ERIK FREELAND AND NATHANIEL WHITTEN


Courtland E. Dunn Jr., director


TRINITY CHOIR BOYS
TCB-021575
1975
STEREO


COURTLAND DUNN harpsichord, organ, piano
BARBARA CLIPPINGER cello


Erik Freeland has been a member of the TRINITY CHOIR BOYS for the past four years. Having attended the Friends Community School in West Chester during the earlier grades, Erik has proven himself to be an outstanding treble soloist, especially in the most recent years. He has achieved recognition not only as a soloist with the choir but also as a participant in community productions. He won the role of Lewis Leonowens in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, over hundreds of other applicants. He most recently played the part of Frederic in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance at Westtown School. Last Christmas he appeared as treble soloist for the performance of the Bach Magnificat, also at Westtown School. Erik has most recently been chosen from thousands of boys across the nation as a representative to the AMERICAS BOYSCHOIR, an organization that travels and concertizes abroad each summer. Erik is presently furthering his musical education with piano study. In spite of the many honors that have come his way, he remains a very natural unassuming twelve-year-old with a wonderful personality, and a truly professional approach to his work, making him a delightful boy with whom to work.

Nathaniel Whitten has been a member of the TRINITY CHOIR BOYS for six years. Presently enrolled at East Junior High School in West Chester, Nat received his elementary education at the Friends Community School. Nat possesses a remarkable gift for sight-singing as well as an almost perfect flawless ear for pitch, both contributing to his fine work as a chorister and treble soloist. While with the choir Nat was chosen to sing the part of Amahl in the West Chester State College production of Menotti's opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. He also sang the part of Ham in Benjamin Britten's Noyes Fludde at Westtown School. In 1972 Nat was chosen to travel with the AMERICAS BOYSCHOIR, singing in numerous European halls and auditoriums during the choirs annual summer concert tour. During the summer of 1974, Nat participated in the INTERNATIONAL MUSIC EISTEDDFOD in Llangollen, North Wales, receiving fine comments from the festival judges. Most recently, Nat was chosen as the recipient of the Gold Cross, an annual award given to the boy who best exemplifies the fine attributes of a choir boy.Currently Nat is furthering his musical education with the study of organ and cello. Nat's enthusiasm for musical endeavor and his spirit of cooperation make working with this fourteen-year-old boy a unique pleasure.





SIDE A:



duets and solos by Erik Freeland
1. Sound the Trumpet (Purcell)
2. An Earthly Tree a Heavenly Fruit (Byrd)
3. Pie Jesu [Requiem] (Faure)
4. The Cuckoo Song (Arne)
5. The Silver Swan (Gibbons)
6. The Snow Lay on the Ground (Sowerby)

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SIDE B:



duets and solos by Nathaniel Whitten
1. Shepherd, Shepherd Leave Decoying (Purcell)
2. O'er Death [Cantata no 4] (Bach)
3. Bless this House (Brahe)
4. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion [Messiah] (Handel)
5. Hark Hark! The Lark (Schubert)
6. Fine Knacks for Ladies (Dowland)
7. The Holly and the Ivy (Gardner)

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Credits:

RECORDING ENGINEERS - Burt Pratt/Dave Knodel
PHOTOGRAPHY - J. W. Reeves
GRAPHIC COORDINATORS - Bill Freeland/Melora Freeland
HARPSICHORD - courtesy of Westtown School
Cover Notes edited by Nancy Mohr

Recorded in THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY,
West Chester, Pennsylvania

First printed in 1975. All rights reserved.
The Church of the Holy Trinity
William J. Fischler, Rector.



Editor's note: you've got to believe that when a record company states on the vinyl label that it was "recorded from the client's tape" that it's going to be a real hum-dinger. But the sound quality, though lacking in a few spots, is rather passable as a good bootleg recording. Plus the talent is exceptional considering the main participant's youth (tweens basically). Both of the young men are pushing 50 presently and hopefully they are vainglorious enough -- as they should be -- and do a google search for themselves and drop by and sing their own praise, melancholy, ho-hum life or a little of each. Another gem from a Nashville thrift store.

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