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Lee Hyla: Lives of the Saints
Lee Hyla
Lee Hyla: Lives of the Saints
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
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Lee Hyla's epic "Lives of the Saints" is a set of psychological character studies filled with fierce musical and spiritual imagination, inspired by a diverse group of 13th- and 14th-century writings by or about saints. Thr...  more »

     
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All Artists: Lee Hyla
Title: Lee Hyla: Lives of the Saints
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: BMOP/sound
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 5/6/2008
Album Type: Single
Genres: Pop, Classical
Styles: Vocal Pop, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 094922850607

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Lee Hyla's epic "Lives of the Saints" is a set of psychological character studies filled with fierce musical and spiritual imagination, inspired by a diverse group of 13th- and 14th-century writings by or about saints. Through his masterful composition of colors, textures, and rhythmic impulses, Hyla evokes a landscape of torment, delirium, and ecstasy. The lyrical "At Suma Beach" (based on a Noh play) provides a satisfying contrast to Lives's turbulence. Both pieces feature the magnificent Mary Nessinger, whose theatrical impulses, coupled with the keen sensibility of Gil Rose and his ensemble, illuminate the expressive possibilities of Hyla's music.
 

CD Reviews

New music from Lee Hyla and BMOP
BobH | Boston, MA | 05/26/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is modern music and sounds it. For the listener it is an undertaking.
Containing themes of religion, diverse cultures, historic events, life's passage and Lee Hyla's personal understanding and weaving of these themes.

Not like his previous collection of pieces in the "Trans" CD.
This is a little less accessible than "Trans" going back to a more modern musical vision he had with earlier works.

The music and text tell stories within the individual sections and across the larger collection of pieces and sections on this CD. Connecting the themes previously noted with a full pallet of musical tools and text.
The pieces are complex and varied, dramatic and full of colors. There are many exclamation points
as well as some subtleties using voice and individual instrumentation to deliver some very expressionistic, tense, sharp and severe passages.

The music conveys the story like a friend that uses her voice, arms, hands, shoulders and face to tell a story.

The music and vocalization can be challenging at times, yet rewarding upon several listenings. Sung in multiple languages. The enclosed booklet with text is essential, even if you speak Japanese and English. The booklet is very well prepared and full of information regarding the music, text, artists, composer and themes.

Recording quality is very high and well balanced given the variety of sounds appearing on this recording.

Kudos to Gil Rose and BMOP Sound for recording and producing the CD. With this CD, they continue to fulfill their mission of presenting and capturing contemporary music."