CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON conductor
SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER: Mass for the Endangered
What does it mean to be stewards of the earth? Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass weaves together text from the traditional Latin and original text by Nathaniel Bellows to create a call to action and urgency in the ways we relate to the natural world. By revealing the miracles of life around us, the Mass shows the great responsibility we have to care for a planet that we are all meant to share.
“Snider’s lucid score [for ‘Mass for the Endangered’] is at once powerful and delicate…[with] striking harmonies, imaginative use of texture [and] counterpoint that is as intricate and exquisite as a spider’s web. This a luminous and arresting disc that conveys its urgent ecological message with power and beauty.”—BBC Music Magazine
“Arresting…[Mass for the Endangered] shines with multi-layered singing of uncommon beauty…Snider asserts her own musical personality as a composer who knows instinctively how to write for the human voice…Through her smart and resplendent exploration of age-old musical formulas, Snider’s eco-inspired Mass for the Endangered is a blast from the past that resonates profoundly in the present.”—NPR All Things Considered
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