Crossing Over

Skylark Vocal Ensemble

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Crossing Over by the Skylark Vocal Ensemble from Sono Luminus is comprised of compositions that depict the dream state at the end of life. The album commemorates British composer Sir John Tavener with the first US commercial recording of “Butterfly Dreams”, an 8-movement dream-state piece composed in 2003. 

American composers are prominently featured as well, with a rare recording of William Schuman’s “Carols of Death”, based on the poetry of Walt Whitman and two young American compositional voices, the debut recording of Robert Vuichard’s “Heliocentric Meditation” based on the poetry of John Donne, and a recording of “Elegy” by Daniel Elder, based on the tune “Taps.” 

The album also features stunning and seldom-heard music from the Icelandic choral tradition, including the first US recording of “Requiem” by Jón Leifs and an inspiring ancient psalmsetting by contemporary Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. 

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What awaits us at the end? What will our final hours feel like? What memories will flit through our consciousness? What dreams? What visions? What emotions will we feel? Whose is the last face we will see? What, if anything, will lie beyond?
Crossing Over is a window into our collective imagination, a musical narrative of what our final hours may feel like.
Perhaps through imagining our last hours on earth, we can better prepare ourselves to face our time when it comes.
Perhaps through imagining a fate we all share, we can better understand each other and our common bonds.
Perhaps through imagining how we might feel when looking back on our life, we can focus more clearly on what we wish to do with each day that we have.

Tracklist

1.
Elegy
04:16
2.
Butterfly Dreams - No. 1. Butterfly Dreams- A Pleasant Hallucination
01:42
3.
Butterfly Dreams - No. 2. Haiku- Comes Slightly More Into Focus
00:54
4.
Butterfly Dreams - No. 3. Haiku- A Butterfly Floating in my Hand
00:54
5.
Butterfly Dreams - No. 4. Haiku- Dissolves into a Cloud of Chaos
01:10
6.
Butterfly Dreams - No. 5. Haiku- Something Sinister Gives Way
00:41
7.
Butterfly Dreams - No. 6. The Butterfly- My Most Horrifying Nightmare
02:40
8.
Butterfly Dreams - No. 7. Butterfly Song- A Vision from Childhood Comforts Me
02:20
9.
Butterfly Dreams - No. 8. Butterfly Dreams- A Dream Recurs
01:52
10.
Otche Nach
02:03
11.
Requiem, Op. 33b
04:41
12.
Heliocentric Meditation
09:12
13.
Carols of Death - No. 1. The Last Invocation
03:29
14.
Carols of Death - No. 2. The Unknown Region
03:53
15.
Carols of Death - No. 3. To All, To Each
02:20
16.
Heyr pu oss himnum a
04:27
17.
Funeral Ikos
05:55

Total time: 00:52:29

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Digital Converters

Horus (Recording) and HAPI (Mastering)

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Legacy Audio speakers

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DPA

Producer

Dan Merceruio

Recording Engineer

Daniel Shores

Recording location

The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Mass. USA

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

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Merging

SKU

DSL92200

Release Date July 7, 2016
SKU DSL92200

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