Notes & Reviews:
An environmental oratorio by composer Robert Kyr, commissioned by Cappella Romana in 2007 and now recorded for the first time, this work explores the urgent issue of ecological crisis caused by humanity's inability to live in harmony with the natural world. A Time for Life draws from texts in Greek Orthodoxy, the Bible, and Native American prayers with an ultimately optimistic approach. The work traces a journey from the glory of Creation through potential modern destruction to a hopeful future, in which humanity serves as a responsible steward of the earth and thus realigns itself with the creative forces of existence, resulting in a spiritual awakening that leads from a state of division and separation to the way of unity and wholeness.
A moving and elegiac oratorio.
Kyr's music wept for the Earth. It shuddered and then grew stronger, blooming into beauty before evaporating in silence.
American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Robert Kyr's "environmental oratorio" is heavily influenced by early music. The inspiration for the work is spiritual: many religions, orthodox Christianity included, have become more engaged with environmental matters lately, and this piece is meant to express the feeling behind these movements. The music is mature and well crafted.
Recording information: Beall Hall, University of Oregon (05/10/2009).
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Works DetailsKyr, Robert : A Time for Life, an environmental oratorio, for chorus & string trio
- Conductor: Alexander Lingas
- Ensemble: Third Angle New Music Ensemble
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 2007