Opera Today Reviews Far In The Heavens

Far In The Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus receives a strong review in Opera Today:

“Stephen Paulus provided the musical world, and particularly the choral world, with music both provocative and pleasing through a combination of lyricism and a modern-Romantic tonal palette. … Like his other large scale oratorios, [Prayers and Remembrances] covers the full range of his expressive and accessible style. … The performance of True Concord Voices and Orchestra is excellent. Paulus’ trademark bright harmonies and cluster chords ring true with perfect choral intonation. The expressiveness of the music and texts come through effectively with clear articulation and distinct enunciation. The choral tone is generally crystalline with minimal vibrato which suits Paulus’ sound world, but at times fails to match the vibrancy, depth, and balance of the orchestra.…This recording will appeal to many, as Paulus’ music is undeniably beautiful and pleasing; but it also important because it serves to introduce lesser known music, including a new masterwork, of an influential 21st century American voice.” —Adam Luebke, Opera Today

Read the full review on Opera Today


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