Hailed as “the perfect musical complement to the poetry of Wendell Berry,” this album pairs original recordings of Mr. Berry reading his poetry with choral music and art songs by composer Andrew Maxfield.
A disciplined multidisciplinarian and hopeless idea junkie, composer and producer Andrew Maxfield has appreciated Mr. Berry’s work since receiving a signed copy of The Memory of Old Jack as a gift in 1997. Andrew originated Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music as an expression of that gratitude. Comprising primarily choral, art song, and chamber works, Andrew’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Europe.
For additional information about this project, visit wendellberrymusic.org.
1 For the Future (Reading)
2 For the Future
3 I Love the Passing Light (Reading)
4 I Love the Passing Light
5 Here Where the World Is Being Made (Reading)
6 Here Where the World Is Being Made
7 Stay Home (Reading)
8 Stay Home
9 The Little Stream Sings (Reading)
10 The Little Stream Sings
11 Not Again in This Flesh (Reading)
12 A Gracious Sabbath Stood Here (Reading)
13 Not Again in This Flesh
14 A Gracious Sabbath Stood Here
15 The Seed Is in the Ground (Reading)
16 The Seed Is in the Ground
17 The Necessity of Faith (Reading)
18 The Necessity of Faith
19 Whatever Is Foreseen in Joy (Reading)
20 Whatever Is Foreseen in Joy
Producers: Andrew Maxfield with Brady R. Allred and Matthew D. Neilsen
Executive producer: Ben Fales
Recording engineer: Jon Holloman (tracks 2, 6, 10, 14, 16, 20); Guy Randle (4, 8, 13, 14, 18); Andrew Maxfield (narrations)
Editing engineer: Troy Sales (1-3, 5-7, 9-12, 14-17, 19-20); Guy Randle (4, 8, 13, 14, 18); Scott Wiley (narrations)
Mixing engineer: Troy Sales (1-3, 5-7, 9-12, 14-17, 19-20); Guy Randle (4, 8, 13, 14, 18)
Mastering engineers: Michael Bishop for Five/Four Productions Ltd., with additional mastering by Cliff Maag for Record Lab and Troy Sales
Art direction: Eric Gillett
Graphic design: Olivia Knudsen
Program annotators: Jo-Michael Scheibe, Jason Peters, Andrew Maxfield
Illustration: Greg Newbold
Poetry reprinted with permission from Counterpoint Press.
Tantara Records is a division of the School of Music and the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University.