Evidence of the vitality of contemporary American choral writing comes in this enchantingly sung recital of works by Eric William Barnum (b.1979). The Minnesotan’s first appearance on disc is eloquently championed by the Robert Bode led mixed-voice, semi-professional Choral Arts ensemble. In texts ranging from Wilde to Shakespeare and spanning two centuries of American poets, Barnum’s signature is unfailing lyrical with rich, luxuriously blended harmonies, warmly cosseting tonal colours and always sensitive word-setting... A glorious discovery guaranteed to please.
This is a worthy project, the first such disc I’m aware of that is entirely devoted to Eric William Barnum. All of his music is beautiful and sets inventive texts to great music.
Recording this CD was a deeply satisfying experience for all of us. With each piece, Eric has created a unique world of beautiful sounds and deep meaning. We hated to see the recording sessions end!