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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.


Genre: Classical

Piffaro is an early music ensemble of mostly wind instrument players whose reportorial focus is the late-medieval and Renaissance eras. To say the collective sound is authentic and honest is hardly an exaggeration, for the group employs original instruments from early periods such as dulcians, sackbuts, shawms, recorders, bagpipes, krumhorns, lutes, Renaissance guitars, and a range of others. They also use period-based percussion and strings to add greater range and depth to the sound, while remaining...
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