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American Record Guide

a major new work… perfectly wonderful, truly elegant

Charles H. Parsons, September/October 2009

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, has a distinguished performance and recording history. They are quite lively specialists producing an exciting, compelling sound. The Crossing was founded in 2005 by conductor Donald Nally to perform new and modern choral music. They too have been critically acclaimed.

Does something here look amiss? The clue is supplied by two small easily overlooked (I did) words on the cover: Kile Smith. I presumed that “Kile Smith with the Crossing” indicated a soloist or conductor and another group joined Piffaro in the music-making. I put on the CD and heard music that was Medieval-sounding, but not quite right.…

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