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Moravec: The Blizzard Voices

Magazine article Gramophone

Moravec: The Blizzard Voices

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Moravec The Blizzard Voices Emily Pulley, Deborah Selig sops Erica Brookhyser mez Matthew Dlbattista ten David Kravitz bar David Crushing bass-bar New England Conservatory Concert Choir and Chamber Singers; Boston Modern Orchestra Project / Gil Rose BMOP/sound (F) [SACD] 1054 (61' * DDD/DSD * T)

Paul Moravec's ambitious The Blizzard Voices chronicles a snowstorm that suddenly struck across the upper Midwest in 1888 and killed hundreds, including a large number of children returning home from school. It is a secular oratorio, the third of the composer's 'American Historical' series of large-scale choral works, and brings an impressive battery of musical resources to the task. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and essayist Ted Kooser's book of the same name and commissioned by Opera Omaha, The Blizzard Voices was premiered in 2008, taken to Carnegie Hall in 2013 and has now received its first recording, made in 2015 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. …

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