First review of Vespers CD

This reviewer must know what it’s like to be a composer; he knows all about harmonic calamities! Jeff Simon in The Buffalo News writes:

What a beautiful and remarkable thing this turns out to be… altogether gorgeous and haunting. And when, out of some necessity of text and some version of harmonic calamity, a sudden dissonance arrives that out-Gesualdos Gesualdo, you remember that Kile Smith is a 21st century composer living in Philadelphia who has, almost like some Borgesian Pierre Menard (who wrote “Don Quixote” out of his own modern needs), synthesized all of this anew… a piece of contemporary music that, in its very different way, deserves to be mentioned along with Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers.” The performance here is stunning. ★★★★

The complete review is here.


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