The Protestantn Gustav-Adolf-Stabkirche is a stave church situated in Hahnenklee, in the Harz region, Germany. The church is a free copy of Borgund stave church in Norway, with adaptions to fulfil its role as the Hahnenklee parish church.
American composer, conductor and educator, Lukas Foss, has contributed profoundly to the circulation and appreciation of music from the 20th century. He began his musical studies in Berlin, where he studied piano and theory with Julius Goldstein (Herford). Goldstein introduced Foss to the music of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, which proved to have a profound effect on Foss's musical development. In 1933, Foss went to Paris, where he studied piano with Lazare Levy, as well as composition with Noel Gallon, orchestration with Felix Wolfes and flute with Marcel Moyse. Foss remained in Paris until 1937, when he moved, with his family, to the United States, where he continued his musical instruction at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In addition to his Curtis studies, Foss studied conducting with Koussevitzky during the summers from 1939 to 1943 at the Berkshire Music Center. He also studied composition with Paul Hindemith as a special student at Yale from 1939 to 1940...Lukas Foss on Napster
Christa Ludwig's fabulous singing of the Jeremiah Symphony's concluding lament, the brilliant pianism of Lukas Foss in the Second Symphony ("The Masque" is particularly engaging), and a spectacular performance of the Chichester Psalms. There's also much to be said for the alert playing of the Israel Philharmonic: not as jazzy as in New York, but very accomplished and emphatic, with no holding back at all in the climaxes…. As remastered these performances sound pretty marvelous, and if pushed to choose single versions of these works, you can't go wrong here. - David Hurwitz
This anthology brings together representative works from the mainstream of contemporary American choral music. Charles Ives’s Psalm 90 evokes a mood reminiscent of congregational Sunday singing in New England. Copland’s In the Beginning recalls his Fanfare for the Common Man, while Lukas Foss’s Behold, I Build An House shows the stylistic influence of Copland. Vincent Persichetti’s Flower Songs reveal his deep commitment to his favourite poet E.E. Cummings, and favours the women’s voices. In Fern Hill, set for alto, chorus and orchestra, composer John Corigliano sings of the joys of youth.