Crossing Over (2016)

Elder, Tavener, Kedrov, Leifs, Vuichard, Schuman, porvaldsdottir

Skylark Vocal Ensemble

Matthew Guard

Crossing Over by the Skylark Vocal Ensemble from Sono Luminus is comprised of compositions that depict the dream state at the end of life. The album commemorates British composer Sir John Tavener with the first US commercial recording of “Butterfly Dreams”, an 8-movement dream-state piece composed in 2003. 

American composers are prominently featured as well, with a rare recording of William Schuman’s “Carols of Death”, based on the poetry of Walt Whitman and two young American compositional voices, the debut recording of Robert Vuichard’s “Heliocentric Meditation” based on the poetry of John Donne, and a recording of “Elegy” by Daniel Elder, based on the tune “Taps.” 

The album also features stunning and seldom-heard music from the Icelandic choral tradition, including the first US recording of “Requiem” by Jón Leifs and an inspiring ancient psalmsetting by contemporary Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. 

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What awaits us at the end? What will our final hours feel like? What memories will flit through our consciousness? What dreams? What visions? What emotions will we feel? Whose is the last face we will see? What, if anything, will lie beyond?
Crossing Over is a window into our collective imagination, a musical narrative of what our final hours may feel like.
Perhaps through imagining our last hours on earth, we can better prepare ourselves to face our time when it comes.
Perhaps through imagining a fate we all share, we can better understand each other and our common bonds.
Perhaps through imagining how we might feel when looking back on our life, we can focus more clearly on what we wish to do with each day that we have.

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Skylark Vocal Ensemble

The Skylark Vocal Ensemble is a chamber choir of professional soloists and music educators from across the United States. Formed in 2011 under the direction of Matthew Guard, Skylark has been described as "a gem... soloists who come together to create a dynamic and inspiring whole". Skylark performs innovative programs that communicate truths about the human condition. 

Skylark's mission is threefold: 

• Be a unifying and enriching force by delighting audiences with profound a cappella choral music performed at the highest level. 

• Provide a forum for world-class musicians to practice their art in an ensemble setting. 

• Ensure the future of choral music in society through educational outreach, offering free admission to students and teachers of music, supporting the work of charities that further music education, and inspiring the next generation of professional choral artists."

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Crossing Over (2016)

Elder, Tavener, Kedrov, Leifs, Vuichard, Schuman, porvaldsdottir

Skylark Vocal Ensemble

Digital Converters: Horus (Recording) and HAPI (Mastering)
Editing Software: Merging
Mastering Room: Legacy Audio speakers
Microphones: DPA
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Recording Engineer: Daniel Shores
Recording location: The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Mass. USA
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Elegy
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Butterfly Dreams - No. 1. Butterfly Dreams- A Pleasant Hallucination
Tavener
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Butterfly Dreams - No. 2. Haiku- Comes Slightly More Into Focus
Tavener
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Butterfly Dreams - No. 3. Haiku- A Butterfly Floating in my Hand
Tavener
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Butterfly Dreams - No. 4. Haiku- Dissolves into a Cloud of Chaos
Tavener
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Butterfly Dreams - No. 5. Haiku- Something Sinister Gives Way
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Butterfly Dreams - No. 6. The Butterfly- My Most Horrifying Nightmare
Tavener
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Butterfly Dreams - No. 7. Butterfly Song- A Vision from Childhood Comforts Me
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Butterfly Dreams - No. 8. Butterfly Dreams- A Dream Recurs
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Otche Nach
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Requiem, Op. 33b
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Heliocentric Meditation
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Carols of Death - No. 1. The Last Invocation
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Carols of Death - No. 2. The Unknown Region
Schuman
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Carols of Death - No. 3. To All, To Each
Schuman
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Heyr pu oss himnum a
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Funeral Ikos
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