A Black Birch in Winter: American and Estonian Choral Music | MSR Classics MS1675

A Black Birch in Winter: American and Estonian Choral Music


Label: MSR Classics

Cat No: MS1675

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th October 2019



In the fall of 2004, with the benefit of a Fulbright Scholarship, American conductor David Puderbaugh arrived in Tallinn, Estonia, to embark on a year-long study of the venerated Estonian national song festivals (laulupidu) for his doctoral dissertation. He soon joined the Estonian chamber choir Voces Musicales as a singer for that concert season and returned to Estonia numerous times in the following years to perform with the choir, not only as a singer but as conductor. A Black Birch in Winter is symbolic of the long relationship between Puderbaugh and Voces Musicales – an American conductor and an Estonian choir collaborating on a recording of recent choral music of the two nations. It is also emblematic of the primary goal of the Fulbright programme, which initially brought this conductor and choir together: “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

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