Review: The Blizzard Voices

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Moravec always had great interest in choral music, and this new disk offers The Blizzard Voices which is the third in a series of American historical cantatas/oratorios based on Ted Kooser’s collection of poems many of which are based on history. These are mostly about the hardships people had to endure, accounts of tthese individuals caught up in a catastrophe of biblical proportions and ferocity. The fifteen sections are: Prologue: The Plains. There Was a Day. The Blizzard Bore Down. Billy. I Never See a Sunflower. All Night the Wind Moaned. Lois Mae Royce. Fare Thee Well, Mother. Telegraph. Minnie Freeman. My Sister Was Born. In the Morning-Light the Fire. The Searching Parties. In Remembrance. Epilogue. There are six soloists: Emily Pulley and Deborah Selig (sopranos), Erica Brookhyser (mezzo-soprano), Matthew Dibattista (tenor), David Kravitz (baritone), and David Cushing, bass-baritone. Lasting more than an hour, it is a major, unusual addition to the choral repertory. It is given a committed, often dynamic performance by the fine soloists, the New England Conservatory Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and the superb Boston Modern Orchestra under its conductor, Gil Rose. The recording was made March 9, 2015 at Mechanics Hall (Worcester), Maine, and the engineers have provided a large but clear and well-balanced sound,. Complete texts are provided. An outstanding issue!

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