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Kile Smith: The Arc in the Sky

The Crossing, Donald Nally

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The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 1 "Jazz"  
I. Why Did They All Shout
Kile Smith; The Crossing; Donald Nally
II. There Are Not Many Songs
Kile Smith; The Crossing; Donald Nally
III. Cherubim & Palm-Trees
Kile Smith; The Crossing; Donald Nally; Kate Avery; Dimitri German; Michael Jones; Elisa Sutherland
The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 2 "Praise"  
IV. I Want to Write a Book of Praise
Kile Smith; The Crossing; Donald Nally
V. The Light of the Afternoon Is on the Houses
Kile Smith; The Crossing; Donald Nally
VI. Psalm
Kile Smith; The Crossing; Donald Nally
The Arc in the Sky, Pt. 3 "Arc"  
VII. Jerusalem
Kile Smith; The Crossing; Donald Nally
VIII. I Would Stand and Watch Them
Kile Smith; The Crossing; Donald Nally; Elisa Sutherland
IX. The Arc
Kile Smith; The Crossing; Donald Nally
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:51
Grammy Award Nomination – Best Choral Performance, 2019

Professional chamber choir The Crossing moves listeners with their new release The Arc in the Sky, a breathtaking performance of the eponymous work by accomplished choral composer Kile Smith. Based on texts by Robert Lax (1915–2000), it constitutes an American pilgrimage into spirituality.

Lax, nowadays most notorious for being an associate of Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton, is also a prolific poet in his own right. Influenced by varied phenomena such as jazz, nature, human acrobatics, and notably inspired by the Beat generation (though not considered a part of it), Lax penned highly subjective, fragmented pieces of verse. Composer Kile Smith, known for his exceptionally aesthetic choral compositions, elevates Lax's poems to a completely new level: the composer manages to both lend musical structure to the poetry while also liberating it harmonically from the written word. The Arc in the Sky finds its interpretational match in The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally. One cannot overstate the richness of color and depth demonstrated by The Crossing. Smith, Nally, and the choir impressively reveal the inner workings of the relation between text and music.

The Arc in the Sky is a formidable example for the heights which artistic expression can reach when its individual elements – that is, creative spirits from multiple spheres – work together in harmony. It is a pleasure to behold, and an even greater pleasure to listen to.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Navona Studio Masters

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