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Shore: A Palace upon the Ruins3

Magazine article Gramophone

Shore: A Palace upon the Ruins3

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A Palace Upon the Ruins (a). Peace (b). The Garden (c). Six Pieces (d). Catania (e) Jennifer Johnson Cano, (d) Clara Sanabras mezs (e) Lang Lang pf (b) Benjamin Hutto org (d) Kronos Quartet; (c) 21st Century Chamber Choir / Ludwig Wicki; (b) Essential Voices USA Youth Workshop / Judith Clurman; (a)_players of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival; (d) RTE Concert Orchestra / Howard Shore, Ludwig Wicki

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Although Howard Shore has recruited Lang Lang and the Kronos Quartet to headline this new retrospective, it is 10 cellists from Ireland's RTE Concert Orchestra and two vocal ensembles who make the strongest impressions.

The most arresting music is in Shore's evocative setting of Robert Penn Warren's 'The Garden', a reflection on love and desire infused with an irrational mythic quality, in which the superb 21st Century Chamber Choir intensify the music's highly charged language before closing--'All things that fed luxurious sense / From appetite to innocence'--with an appropriately spaced-out aura.

The most purely gorgeous music comes in Shore's use of the RTE strings in Six Pieces, originally a co-development with the Philadelphia Orchestra, augmented in the fifth movement by mezzo-soprano Clara Sanabras's radiant singing of Elizabeth Cotnoir's specially written lines about love and renewal, and including an intricate, exhilarating, typically Kronos three minutes. …

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