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John Luther Adams: Canticles of the Holy Wind

Release date: 12 May 2017, CA-21131


Amy Garapic, The Crossing, Donald Nally


John Luther Adams





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John Luther Adams: Canticles of the Holy Wind 66:26   $
I. Sky with Four Suns 04:09   $
II. The White Wind 04:00   $
III. Dream of the Hermit Thrush 05:25   $
IV. Sky with Four Moons 03:41   $
V. The Singing Tree 05:46   $
VI. The Blue Wind 04:09   $
VII. The Hour of the Doves 05:23   $
VIII. Sky with Nameless Colors 04:20   $
IX. Cadenza of the Mockingbird 05:21   $
X. The Yellow Wind 04:02   $
XI. Dream of the Canyon Wren 06:28   $
XII. Sky with Endless Stars 03:44   $
XIII. The Hour of the Owls 05:52   $
XIV. The Dark Wind 04:06   $

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Lauded by the New York Times as a “...hypnotic and ethereally beautiful invocation of wind, sky and birdsong,” John Luther Adams’ Canticles of the Holy Wind, performed by the renowned chamber choir The Crossing, is his most technically challenging choral work, and yet the music’s mesmerizing aura of stillness encourages listening at its most elemental. The piece is composed for four choirs of eight singers each, and moves through spaces that are as fantastical (“Sky with Four Suns”) as they are serene (“The Hour of the Doves”), always with a connection to our inner world, as well as the world around us.

“John allows us to interrupt our otherwise endlessly forward-tumbling lives,” notes Donald Nally, The Crossing’s conductor, “and experience these sounds as if we were sitting in the woods for an hour. An hour of wind and of sky and of birds. We are drawn to this music, not just for the beauty of its shimmering harmonies and the overwhelming climactic moments, but also for way it inspires a ‘hearing’ of nature, in real time, as we sing it.”

John Luther Adams: Canticles of the Holy Wind

Category Vocal

Period Contemporary

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