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If There Were Water / Nully, The Crossing


Release Date: 02/23/2018 
Label:  Innova   Catalog #: 998  
Composer:  Stratis MinakakisGregory W. Brown
Conductor:  Donald Nally
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Crossing
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A new recording of world premieres addressing a topic of our national discourse: diaspora. If There Were Water, from Philadelphia’s 2017 Grammy-nominated choir, The Crossing, is a testament to the expressive range of the human voice. These two strikingly diverse, yet equally compelling unaccompanied compositions were commissioned for The Crossing’s Month of Moderns festival and premiered in June 2017. Drawing from literary and historic sources, the works are highly personal reflections that speak with clarity to contemporary concerns of displacement, while weaving together past and present. In Crossings Cycle, Greek composer Stratis Minakakis creates a visceral musical response to the experience of observing Syrian refugees on the Isle of Read more Lesbos. ‘un/bodying/s’ by composer Gregory W. Brown explores the history of the displaced populations of Quabbin, the Swift River Valley in Western Massachusetts, including the Native Americans moved by incoming Europeans, and then those Europeans relocated by the State when creating the massive reservoir that supplies Boston with water. Gregory and librettist Todd Hearon tell these stories from a variety of perspectives. The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. Consistently recognized in critical reviews, the ensemble regularly collaborates with some of the nation’s most accomplished ensembles and imaginative composers. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works for choir, most often addressing social issues. The group is the American Composers’ Forums’ 2017 Champion of New Music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Crossings' Epigrams by Stratis Minakakis
Conductor:  Donald Nally
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Crossing
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Greece 
2.
Crossings by Stratis Minakakis
Conductor:  Donald Nally
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Crossing
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Greece 
3.
un/bodying/s by Gregory W. Brown
Conductor:  Donald Nally
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Crossing
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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