Review: Amorisms & Sacred Love Songs

From ArtsNash:

Music Review: Alias springs into action with three world premieres

“…Paul Moravec’s Amorisms and Sacred Love Songs (both performed with the splendid vocalists of Portara Ensemble) – explored various aspects of love. Alias also premiered composer (and Alias cellist) Matt Walker’s Grooves for string quartet. All three of these works received memorable premieres.”

Amorisms, which closed the concert, set to music five of Shakespeare’s aphorisms about love. Moravec wrote the piece as dance music (Portara and Alias will perform it with Nashville Ballet later this month), so rhythm and timbre, not Shakespeare’s words, are emphasized.”

“The opening pieces – “Love is a Spirit” from Venus and Adonis and “How Quick and Fresh” from Twelfth Night – were rhythmically vital and richly layered, sounding at times like music from an oratorio. “The Course of True Love” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) was slower and more sensuous, while “Sweet Lovers” (As You Like It) and “When Love Speaks” (Love’s Labours Lost) were both filled with shimmering, overlapping vocal lines.”

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