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New York Times reviews “Dark the Star” at Tanglewood

“In addition to Mr. Wuorinen’s piece, there were liturgical elements to other works I heard while in attendance from Thursday to Saturday (the festival ended on Sunday), including James Primosch’s gorgeous “Dark the Star.” Set to texts by Rainer Maria Rilke, Susan Stewart and the Book of Psalms and sung with dramatic nuance by the baritone Dimitri Katotakis and the bass-baritone Davone Tines, it featured a brooding opening section, soaring and expressive vocal lines and creatively scored, beautiful instrumental writing.”

-Vivien Schweizer, New York Times, July 27, 2015

Recent CD from Bridge Records

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 A new CD devoted to music for voice and ensemble has been released by Bridge RecordsSusan Narucki and William Sharp are the soloists; Christopher Kendall conducts the 21st Century Consort. It’s available at Amazon and at Arkiv Music.

“balm for the soul and food for thought” – Christian B. Carey, Musical America

“he cares very deeply about the words… airy, thoughtful, and challenging, as any real sacred endeavor should be”  – Stephen Ritter, Audiophile Audition

“Primosch’s text-setting instincts are seemingly unerring: his vocal lines always convey the words authentically and honestly, while the instrumental accompaniment provides added depth and drama…”
“Soprano Susan Narucki, who sings three out of the four cycles, has musical intelligence to spare, as well as a clear, ingratiating delivery and sure intonation…”
“Baritone William Sharp uses his resonant, authoritative voice to provide a gripping, inexorable build…”
“Corde Natus Ex Parentis” from the cycle Four Sacred Songs, has a straightforward, attractively contoured, plainchant-style melody, but the composer adorns it with imaginatively layered instrumental counterpoint in subsequent verses. “Christus Factus Est” has another clearly tonal melody, but the subtly dissonant leanings of the accompaniment form a painfully apt depiction of Christ on the cross.  Narucki’s performance of this quietly devastating number is a delicate marvel…”
“These songs are unfailingly compelling, whether the musical language is complex or seemingly simple… Christopher Kendall skillfully and sensitively leads the 21st Century Consort, which provides superb accompaniment.” – Joshua Rosenblum Opera News

“fabulous new CD of vocal music” – Scott MacClelland, Performing Arts Monterey Bay (blog)