THE STOLEN CHILD
Choral Works of SCOTT PERKINS
In THE STOLEN CHILD, Scott Perkins builds vast and stunning worlds out of a handful of voices. Vibrant, facile, and confident, Perkins’ choir writing is state-of-the-art and makes a modern musical statement while retaining a clear attachment to choral music’s longstanding tradition. To this end, Perkins’ compositions seem to balance the fluid and direct expression of late Renaissance a cappella masterpieces, while also possessing a decidedly contemporary approach to timbre and texture.
Though the classic beauty of Perkins’ music might strike the listener most immediately, the multi-movement works featured on THE STOLEN CHILD come to life thanks to Perkins’ inventive use of vocal color and sound. For example, at the end of “Whereto answering, the sea,” the final movement of A Word Out of The Sea, Perkins builds accompanying material out of the distinct sound of the letter ‘s’, setting it specifically across the ensemble to produce a clearly rhythmic effect. The entire album is peppered with similar devices, all of which prove Perkins’ masterful command of the ensemble’s density and layering.
Tracking Perkins’ exquisite choral techniques should not distract from the overall splendor of the three compositions featured on THE STOLEN CHILD. Each work is a world unto itself, activated by Perkins’ neo-modal language and superlative instincts for form. The album’s title track probably covers the most expressive ground, though A Word Out of The Sea and The World Of Dream are also undeniably strong compositions. The Stolen Child, however, excels in painting a diversity of sonic images, using only the human voice. More sullen in tone than the other two works on the disc, The Stolen Child narrates a dark journey made more haunting by the irreproachable beauty of its telling.
Also a stellar element in THE STOLEN CHILD is Michigan-based vocal ensemble Audivi’s performance, which is both moving and immaculate. Although Perkins’ compositional style does not fall far from the a cappella tradition of Monteverdi or Gesualdo, Audivi responds to the challenge of these works’ intricate textures, delicate sonorities, and shifting, expressive colors with a resounding, unqualified triumph.
THE STOLEN CHILD is collection of 3 choral works based on poems by William Butler Yeats, Walt Whitman, W. H. Auden, and Walter de la Mare
Each piece shares the theme of the loss of innocence of a child, illustrated through symbols of magic, nature and sleep
Composer, performer, scholar, and music educator Scott Perkins also conducts the performances on the album
Perkins is praised for his publications as “dramatic…colorful” (The Washington Post) and “perfectly orchestrated…haunting…a remarkable and welcome musical surprise” (The Washington Times)
Michigan-based vocal ensemble Audivi performs with expressive clarity, using Perkins’ text-setting to establish clear and distinct moods
Audivi is known for presenting rarely heard Renaissance masterpieces and premiering new works by modern composers, as well as choral music from all eras
Special thanks to those who made this album possible, including Lars Gjerde, Brett Judson, Myra and Steve Johnson, Noah Horn, Arianne Abela, and the staffs of St. Joseph Church and Bethesda Lutheran Church in New Haven CT
Recorded on June 30 and July 1, 2016, at St. Joseph Church in New Haven CT
Recording Engineer Mateusz Zechowski
Producers Colin Britt, Lars Gjerde, Brett Judson, Scott Perkins
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Alex Bourne
Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Mastering Lucas Paquette
Art & Production Director Brett Picknell
Graphic Design Ryan Harrison
Marketing Scott Murphy
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Catalog #: NV6067
Audivi | Noah Horn artistic director
Scott Perkins conductor
Arianne Abela, Sarah Brailey, Jessica Petrus sopranos
Eric S. Brenner, Tim Keeler, Timothy Parsons altos
Noah Horn, Tyler Ray, Robert Strebendt tenors
Glenn Miller, Dan Moore, Jonathan Woody basses
The Stolen Child
Tyler Ray tenor Dan Moore baritone
01 Prologue: The Stolen Child
02 To a Child Dancing in the Wind I
03 To a Child Dancing in the Wind II
04 A Memory of Youth
05 When You are Old
06 Epilogue: The Stolen Child
A Word Out of the Sea
Tim Keeler tenor
07 Out of the cradle endlessly rocking
08 Once Paumanok
09 Till of a sudden
10 Demon or bird!
11 Whereto answering, the sea
The World of Dream
12 The World of Dream
13 A Tale
14 The Unfinished Dream
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