Released: December 11, 2020
Label: New Focus Recordings
Composers: David Lang, Joby Talbot, Eriks Ešenvalds, Dieterich Buxtehude, Paul Fowler, Alex Berko, Ted Hearne, Santa Ratniece
A Native Hill is Gavin Bryars’ most substantial work for unaccompanied choir. A concert-length musical essay based on early writings of American author and activist Wendell Berry; what may at first seem pastoral contains a powerful contemporary relevance — a metaphysical and even political force.
Anonymous Man is a concert-length work from Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon, based on conversations he has had over the past few years with homeless men who live on his street in New York City.
Taking its name from Tawnie Olson's work setting poetry of Canadian environmentalist and feminist Emily Carr, the program features the tour de force mash-up of Shakespeare, contemporary newspapers, and bird songs of Pelle Gudmunsen-Holmgreen, leader of the Danish Simplicity style.
Described by the composer Nico Muhly as "an extended meditation on the words of pioneer women of the 19th century." The five-part work, originally scored for chorus and three guitar quartets, has been reimagined in a chamber arrangement by the Dublin Guitar Quartet for The Crossing.
John Luther Adams' concert-length work lauded by the New York Times as a "... hypnotic and ethereally beautiful invocation of wind, sky, and birdsong." This program is for 32singers.
Julia Wolfe's oratorio for 36 women voices and orchestra was commissioned by The New York Philharmonic and premieres in January 2019 with Jaap van Zweden conducting. The immersive and visual work explores the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 in New York that killed 146 young immigrant workers.
Are we called today to pacifism or activism? What do we protect, the integrity of capitalism or the health of the community? The program features two works written for The Crossing, Joel Puckett’s dizzying, entrancing I enter the earth and James Primosch's Housekeeping , an exploration of the balancing effect of desire and longing on our lives on words of Marilynne Robinson.