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Kyr: The Cloud Of Unknowing; Songs Of The Soul / Gomez, Farwig, Johnson, Conspirare

Kyr / Gomez/ Farwig
Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 807577   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Harry KyrRobert Kyr
Performer:  David FarwigEsteli Gomez
Conductor:  Craig Hella Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ConspirareVictoria Bach Festival String Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare, soprano Estelí Gomez, baritone David Farwig, and the Victoria Bach Festival string orchestra in this first recording of three choral works by Robert Kyr (b. 1952). Exploring the relationship between human and divine love, his cantatas 'The Cloud of Unknowing' (2013) and 'Songs of the Soul' (2011) transfixed audiences and critics alike when Conspirare premiered them. The texts are by the 16th century Spanish mystics St Teresa of Ávila and St John of the Cross, some sung in Spanish, some in English translation. The prelude to the two cantatas, the a cappella anthem, 'The Singer's Ode' is
Read more reminiscent of RVW's 'Ode to Music'.

Robert Kyr is among the most prolific composers of his generation, having composed 12 symphonies, 3 chamber symphonies, 3 violin concerti, and much chamber music, in addition to numerous vocal works. His choral music is distinguished by a warmly compelling lyricism, as well as by a contrapuntal mastery that arises from his love of early music, especially the work of Dufay, Josquin Des Prez, and above all, Bach...

"A powerful new achievement in American music that vividly traces a journey from despair to transcendence" The Wall Street Journal, concert review Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Cloud of Unknowing by Robert Kyr
Performer:  David Farwig (Baritone), Esteli Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Craig Hella Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Conspirare,  Victoria Bach Festival String Orchestra
2.
The Singer's Ode by Robert Kyr
Conductor:  Craig Hella Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Conspirare
3.
Songs of the Soul by Robert Kyr
Performer:  David Farwig (Baritone), Esteli Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Craig Hella Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Conspirare,  Victoria Bach Festival String Orchestra

Sound Samples

The Singer's Ode
The Cloud Of Unknowing, Part I "Songs Of Night": I. Unknowing
The Cloud Of Unknowing, Part I "Songs Of Night": II. Fearing
The Cloud Of Unknowing, Part I "Songs Of Night": III. Forgetting
The Cloud Of Unknowing, Part I "Songs Of Night": IV. Longing
The Cloud Of Unknowing, Part II "Songs Of Dawn": I. Waiting
The Cloud Of Unknowing, Part II "Songs Of Dawn": II. Thinking
The Cloud Of Unknowing, Part II "Songs Of Dawn": III. Beseeching
The Cloud Of Unknowing, Part II "Songs Of Dawn": IV. Piercing
The Cloud Of Unknowing, Part II "Songs Of Dawn": V. Surrendering
The Cloud Of Unknowing, Part II "Songs Of Dawn": VI. Enduring
Songs Of The Soul: I. Descending: From The Abyss
Songs Of The Soul: II. Venturing: On A Dark Night
Songs Of The Soul: III. Hoping: Toward Dawn
Songs Of The Soul: IV. Transforming: Beloved Into Lover
Songs Of The Soul: V. Arising: A Time For Song
Songs Of The Soul: VI. Uniting: Leaving My Cares
Songs Of The Soul: VII. Transcending: And Love Remains

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