The Ordering of Moses
R. Nathaniel Dett
BRIDGE 9462


$ 14.99

In 1937, Cincinnati's May Festival gave the world premiere of R. Nathaniel Dett's oratorio, "The Ordering of Moses", a 'Biblical Folk Scene' composed in 1932.  The event was broadcast live to the nation by NBC radio.  The present recording captures a thrilling 2014 concert of Dett's magnum opus, performed by four stellar vocal soloists, the May Festival Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Conlon.


Conlon leads the Cincinnati musicians in a performance of radiant intensity. The chorus are in glorious communal voice and the Cincinnati Symphony blend elegance with vitality. How is it possible that a work as soaring and powerful as R. Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses could have languished for so long?” - Gramophone


This is certainly a major milestone in African-American classical music—a fine piece, very well done!” - American Record Guide


This brilliantly stirring 1937 oratorio receives its first commercial recording, live from Carnegie Hall. Excellent soloists with sensitive chorus and orchestra.” - BBC Music Magazine


It is a dense, dramatically stirring, grand-sounding, and soulful work.” - ICON


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The Ordering of Moses
Live from Carnegie Hall

Latonia Moore, soprano
Ronnita Nicole Miller, mezzo-soprano
Rodrick Dixon, tenor
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone

May Festival Chorus
Robert Porco, director
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
James Conlon, conductor

BRIDGE 9462

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