About the NYMS
Since they first came together in 1990, The New York Madrigal Singers (NYMS) swiftly established themselves as one of the freshest, most adventurous and promising vocal ensembles to perform in the New York area. The group was founded with the intention of bringing some of the lesser known masterpieces of the vocal repertoire to a wider audience, and it's performances of Renaissance and Baroque music have been enthusiastically received at concerts throughout the city. This CD marks the achievement of a further step towards this goal. It is hoped that the works recorded here by master audiophile engineer, Bob Katz, of Digital Domain, and the manner in which they are performed reflect the mission of the NYMS: to remind us of the richness and beauty bequeathed by the a Capella choral tradition, and to explore its emotional range to the fullest possible extent. The NYMS are based in the Morningside Heights area of New York, and have performed often at the Church of Notre Dame, with its fabulous domed natural acoustic captured here. Invitations to sing at either public or private events are always welcomed.
About the Director
Erik-Peter Mortensen founded the NYMS at the age of 21. Having demonstrated musical talent at a very early age, much of his subsequent education was directed towards vocal training. By the age of 10, he had already appeared on the stage of the Metropolitan and New York City Operas. By the time he completed his musical degree at Columbia University, he had amassed considerable experience in both directing and singing in vocal chamber ensembles. As director of the NYMS, Mr. Mortensen spends considerable time searching for exciting a Capella repertoire that deserves greater exposure.