Nico Muhly: A Good Understanding
Los Angeles Master Chorale
06 September 2010
Bright Mass with Canons
Expecting the Main Things From You
A Good Understanding
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
Senex Puerum Portabat
No one could accuse Nico Muhly of a lack of exuberance. ... his own vocabulary, characteristic of which is a saturatedly rich harmonic writing. [I]n his First Service he has created something entirely suitable to its liturgical purpose but none the less original ... the shimmering organ writing, haloing the choir, gives it a very particular quality.
Expecting the Main Things from You...again Muhly makes full use of the colouristic possibilities open to him to create an engaging tripartite depiction of Whitman's vision of America.
Ivan Moody, Gramophone, 01 December 2010
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