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The Crossing|Kile Smith: The Arc in the Sky

Kile Smith: The Arc in the Sky

Donald Nally, The Crossing

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The small choir The Crossing offers high-quality performances of innovative, mostly American works, and this release is a strong example. Composer Kile Smith blends contemporary modal sounds with influences from William Billings and other early American music (the latter are on display especially in the "Jerusalem" movement of The Arc in the Sky), with a strong tendency toward a counterpoint of independent vocal lines that seems to match his texts here in an uncanny way. The spiritual poetry here of Robert Lax, a colleague of the monk Thomas Merton, is an unusual blend itself, including influences from traditional Christian writings, Beat poetry, and even jazz. Partly it's that Smith partakes of jazz influences himself, designating them explicitly in the first section of the three that make up The Arc in the Sky. It's more than that, though; both composer and poet forge a mix that's elevated, even a bit mystical, but directly accessible and vernacular. All this goes very well with the clear but never remote sound of The Crossing, and the result is a strong choral release.
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I. Jazz (Kile Smith)

1
The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 1 "Jazz": I. Why Did They All Shout
00:03:52

Donald Nally, Conductor - Kile Smith, Composer - The Crossing, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Navona (P) 2019 Navona

2
The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 1 "Jazz": II. There Are Not Many Songs
00:05:27

Donald Nally, Conductor - Kile Smith, Composer - The Crossing, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Navona (P) 2019 Navona

3
The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 1 "Jazz": III. Cherubim & Palm-Trees
00:09:47

Michael Jones, Artist - Donald Nally, Conductor - Kile Smith, Composer - The Crossing, Choir, MainArtist - Dimitri German, Artist - Elisa Sutherland, Artist - Kate Avery, Artist

(C) 2019 Navona (P) 2019 Navona

II. Praise (Kile Smith)

4
The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 2 "Praise": IV. I Want to Write a Book of Praise
00:04:44

Donald Nally, Conductor - Kile Smith, Composer - The Crossing, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Navona (P) 2019 Navona

5
The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 2 "Praise": V. The Light of the Afternoon Is on the Houses
00:05:53

Donald Nally, Conductor - Kile Smith, Composer - The Crossing, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Navona (P) 2019 Navona

6
The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 2 "Praise": VI. Psalm
00:07:14

Donald Nally, Conductor - Kile Smith, Composer - The Crossing, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Navona (P) 2019 Navona

III. Arc (Kile Smith)

7
The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 3 "Arc": VII. Jerusalem
00:06:53

Donald Nally, Conductor - Kile Smith, Composer - The Crossing, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Navona (P) 2019 Navona

8
The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 3 "Arc": VIII. I Would Stand and Watch Them
00:09:54

Donald Nally, Conductor - Kile Smith, Composer - The Crossing, Choir, MainArtist - Elisa Sutherland, Artist

(C) 2019 Navona (P) 2019 Navona

9
The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 3 "Arc": IX. The Arc
00:12:01

Donald Nally, Conductor - Kile Smith, Composer - The Crossing, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Navona (P) 2019 Navona

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The small choir The Crossing offers high-quality performances of innovative, mostly American works, and this release is a strong example. Composer Kile Smith blends contemporary modal sounds with influences from William Billings and other early American music (the latter are on display especially in the "Jerusalem" movement of The Arc in the Sky), with a strong tendency toward a counterpoint of independent vocal lines that seems to match his texts here in an uncanny way. The spiritual poetry here of Robert Lax, a colleague of the monk Thomas Merton, is an unusual blend itself, including influences from traditional Christian writings, Beat poetry, and even jazz. Partly it's that Smith partakes of jazz influences himself, designating them explicitly in the first section of the three that make up The Arc in the Sky. It's more than that, though; both composer and poet forge a mix that's elevated, even a bit mystical, but directly accessible and vernacular. All this goes very well with the clear but never remote sound of The Crossing, and the result is a strong choral release.
© TiVo

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