Welcome Home features American choral music spanning three centuries: pieces by colonial-era William Billings, Robert Frost poems set by 20th century Randall Thompson, and lyrical 21st century songs by Pacific Northwest composers. As described by Cascadian Chorale:
This recording highlights some of our singers’ favorite pieces from the past few years, with an emphasis on American music. We are especially excited to include five works by local composers, including two of our own singers, Jeremy Kings and Chris Fraley. Bern Herbolsheimer, Giselle Wyers, and Fraley have all served as our Composer-in-Residence in recent years.
The CD includes an excellent recording of the Agnus Dei from my Missa Brevis. All of the music on this CD is top-rate. One fan recently raved:
The CD is beautiful. I just listened to it again. The cover and booklet are very well done. The music is outstanding, especially the Agnus Dei. […] The fine choral blend is readily evident in the close harmonies of this number. In fact, the choral blend is wonderful throughout the entire recording. […] I enjoyed all of the Love Letters, especially White. Modern Musick is a clever way to start a CD of American music. It is very clever and timeless, and I could understand every word! I’ve sung Frostiana several times, but I don’t think the groups I sang it with sounded as good as the Cascadian Chorale. I loved Lambscapes—very clever, cute and fun to listen to! They are soooo cool, it’s hard to pick a favorite!