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Kevin Puts: To Touch the Sky; If I Were a Swan; Symphony No. 4 'From Mission San Juan' / Alsop, Baltimore SO

Audio Samples

>Puts, Kevin : If I Were a Swan, for chorus
>Puts, Kevin : To Touch the Sky, 9 songs for unaccompanied chorus on texts by women
>Puts, Kevin : Symphony no 4 ("From Mission San Juan")

Album Summary

>Puts, Kevin : If I Were a Swan, for chorus
>Puts, Kevin : To Touch the Sky, 9 songs for unaccompanied chorus on texts by women
>Puts, Kevin : Symphony no 4 ("From Mission San Juan")
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts (b. 1972) is known for his distinctive and richly colored musical voice. Making their label début, Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra perform Puts' Symphony No. 4 ("From Mission San Juan"), inspired by Native American melodies. Opening this program of first recordings, Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare in two choral settings of texts by women poets: To Touch the Sky" and If I Were a Swan.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2013
Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra make persuasive champions for Puts's Symphony No. 4...The real delight of the disc, though, is the choral cycle To Touch the Sky...Conspirare's straight upper-voice sound sets the tone for delivery that balances simplicity with quiet virtuosity.

MusicWeb International, 30th October 2013
The symphony is colourful and in it Kevin Puts displays a confident ability to write resourcefully for the orchestra. It's attractive music without being particularly deep. The performance is spirited and committed...This is attractive, accessible music in first rate performances. Kevin Puts has been well served by this disc.

International Record Review, November 2013
The performances are stunning in their purity and control... an attractive and effective score... The orchestration is consistently brilliant, too, and the music's kaleidoscopic shifts in emotional terrain- from the quietly spiritual to the rhythmically insistent to the grandly confident to the achingly poignant are handled with aplomb.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
I can't help but be thrilled with how the Pulitzers have been going since John Adams's victory at the turn of the century. Puts is now a major figure, and I look forward to hearing more. The Baltimore Symphony sounds great, as does the engineering. Texts and notes in English, French, and German.



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Works Details

>Puts, Kevin : If I Were a Swan, for chorus
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Ensemble: Conspirare
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Puts, Kevin : To Touch the Sky, 9 songs for unaccompanied chorus on texts by women
  • Performer: Mela Dailey
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 23 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Puts, Kevin : Symphony no 4 ("From Mission San Juan")
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Running Time: 28 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2007