Louis Karchin: To the Sun and Stars

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This album presents vocal works by New York's Louis Karchin. Of the disc, critic Robert Carl writes: “Karchin is a quintessentially American composer. When one listens to the bold opening gestures of such works as American Visions and Gods of Winter, one hears a spirit that loves space, great open sounds and the drama of contrasts between large and small, vast and intimate. This is a spirit unafraid to combine clear and simple sounds evocative of the past with those that emerge from contemporary complexity.” The superb American baritone, Thomas Meglioranza leads a cast of singers, ensembles and orchestra, conducted by the composer.


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What sets Karchin's music apart is the imaginative ways he uses the instruments that accompany the voices. Karchin has a talent for combining instruments in unusual -- but not outre -- ways to create a sense of otherworldliness. It's most effective in his works for voice and chamber ensemble (like A Way Separate and The Gods of Winter). But it's part of what makes American Visions work so well.” - Ralph Graves

Karchin garbs all these pieces in splendid instrumental and often spooky beauty. Highly recommended.” - Performing Arts Monterey Bay

Beautiful indeed, with particularly fine integration of the flowing vocal line with the instruments.” - New Music Connoisseur


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American Visions
Thomas Meglioranza, baritone
Orchestra of the League of Composers
Louis Karchin, conductor

To the Sun
Mary Mackenzie, soprano
Eric Sedgwick, piano

To the Stars

The Gods of Winter
Thomas Meglioranza, baritone
Da Capo Chamber Players
Louis Karchin, conductor

"A Way Separate..."
Sharon Harms, soprano
Da Capo Chamber Players