Robert Kyr - The Cloud of Unknowing, Songs of the Soul
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Label: Harmonia Mundi
Cat No: HMU807577
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th July 2014
ArtistsEstelí Gomez (soprano)
David Farwig (baritone)
Victoria Bach Festival String Orchestra
ConductorCraig Hella Johnson
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 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)
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