K. Smith: Vespers
Piffaro, Crossing Choir & Donald Nally
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A delightful combination
Mr. Smith has managed to take several elements I've come to love (German and Latin liturgical music, modern choral writing, renaissance instruments and counterpoint) and turn them into one interesting and beautiful work. He plays with an amazing variety of voicing combinations, for instance a rather exciting three-part canon in the Magnificat. This one-of-a-kind work has both strong echoes of the ancient and modern in wonderful juxtaposition, and is well worth the listen!
A Delightful Interpretation of the Vespers
Vespers is an exciting release by composer Kile Smith that personifies his own vision of the musical style of the High Renaissance by composing a modern day interpretation of the vespers traditions. It is clear that Kile Smith knows this genre extremely well, and is a master of the choral and instrumental writing that typifies late 16th century Renaissance music. Featured is two wonderfully precise ensembles that specialize in early music, Piffaro, the instrumental ensemble directed by Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken and The Crossing, the chorus directed by Donald Nally. I highly recommend this release, which demands repeated listening.