Robert Kyr: Choral Music
Harmonia Mundi HMU-807577
Robert Kyr: The Cloud of Unknowing: Part II, Songs of Dawn (12:13)
Estelí Gomez, soprano; David Farwig, baritone; Conspirare; Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra / Craig Hella Johnson
Craig Hella Johnson conducts this first recording of three choral works by Robert Kyr. Exploring the relationship between human and divine love, his cantatas The Cloud of Unknowing and Songs of the Soul transfixed audiences and critics alike when Conspirare premiered them. The texts are by the 16th-century Spanish mystics St Teresa of Ávila and St John of the Cross, some sung in Spanish, some in English translation. Kyr’s choral music is distinguished by a warmly compelling lyricism, as well as by a contrapuntal mastery that arises from his love of early music, especially the work of Dufay, Josquin Des Prez, and above all, Bach.