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Robert Kyr (b.1952): The Cloud of Unknowing; Songs of the Soul / Esteli Gomez, soprano; David Farwig, baritone

Album Summary

>Kyr, Robert : The Singer's Ode, for chorus & orchestra
>Kyr, Robert : The Cloud of Unknowing, cantata
>Kyr, Robert : Songs of the Soul, cantata
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare, soprano Estelí Gomez, baritone David Farwig and the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra in this first recording of three choral works by Robert Kyr. Exploring the relationship between human and divine love, his cantatas The Cloud of Unknowing and Songs of the Soul transfixed audiences and critics alike when Conspirare premiered them. In a concert review, The Wall Street Journal hailed them as, "a powerful new achievement in American music that vividly traces a journey from despair to transcendence."

Choir & Organ, Autumn 2014
This generously filled CD of three recent choral works by American composer Robert Kyr is to be welcomed ... Voices blend and are balanced beautifully, with Kyr's characteristic lyrical musical language and transparent textures coming through.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
Perhaps the main reason this disc is so inviting...is its lack of holier-than-thou pretension...Much of the music feels through-composed, building slowly but effectively...Performances are what one would expect from Conspirare under Craig Hella Johnson - sincere, sung with a full-throated tone and alway ready to reach towards something ecstatic.

International Record Review, September 2014
Wonderful disc. Outstanding ... best performances possible from Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare. David Farwig and [... ] Estelf Gomez possess star-quality voices.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The orchestra mostly has the function of doubling, most likely owing to the difficulty of the music (keeping the singers in tune, primarily), as well as support in the solo songs. This entire production is striking. I have listened to it many times. Choral aficionados and anyone with serious interest in music in general should certainly not miss this.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Performing Arts Cen (06/2013).



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Works Details

>Kyr, Robert : The Singer's Ode, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Ensemble: Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2012

>Kyr, Robert : The Cloud of Unknowing, cantata
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Ensemble: Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kyr, Robert : Songs of the Soul, cantata
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Ensemble: Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary