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Adams: Canticles of the Holy Wind / Nally, The Crossing

Release Date: 06/02/2017 
Label:  Cantaloupe   Catalog #: CA21131  
Composer:  John Luther Adams
Conductor:  Donald Nally
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Crossing
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lauded by the New York Times as a "...hypnotic and ethereally beautiful invocation of wind, sky and birdsong," John Luther Adams's Canticles of the Holy Wind, performed by the renowned chamber choir The Crossing, is quite possibly his most technically challenging choral work, and yet the music's mesmerizing aura of stillness encourages listening at its most elemental. The piece was composed for four choirs of eight singers each, and moves through spaces that are as fantastical ("Sky with Four Suns") as they are peaceful ("The Hour of the Doves"), always with a connection to the inner world within us, as well as the world around us. "John allows us to interrupt our otherwise endlessly forward-tumbling Read more lives," notes Donald Nally, The Crossing's conductor, "and experience these sounds as if we were sitting in the woods for an hour. An hour of wind and of sky and of birds. We are drawn to this music, not just for the beauty of its shimmering harmonies and the overwhelming climactic moments, but also for way it inspires a ‘hearing’ of nature, in real time, as we sing it." Read less

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Canticles of the Holy Wind by John Luther Adams
Conductor:  Donald Nally
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Crossing
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; United States 

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