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The Dreams within a Dream oratorio for soprano, chorus, and orchestra traverses a musical dreamscape with a story told through the soprano voice from sundown to the dawn, a narrative captured by poems of dreaming by various writers through the ages. The Lark Ascending, one of Ralph Vaughan Williams' best-loved works from the first half of the 20th century, is for violin solo and orchestra. A kind of lyric soliloquy for the violin supported by the orchestra, it offers a pastoral view of the English countryside as evinced by the song of the lark as portrayed by the violin, played here with stunning musicality by internationally renowned violinist Corey Cerovsek. Both works are conducted by Gerry Sousa.
This CD is the result of a partnership bewteen Aguavá New Music Studio and the Bloomington Chamber Singers. Special thanks to Corey Cerovsek for his stunning performance of The Lark Ascending and his appearance on this disc.
Support for this CD comes from The American Music Center, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Bloomington Community Arts Commission. The gifts and support of Baxter International Foundation, the Bloomington Area Arts Council, the Cinergy Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, Psi Iota Xi, Sigma Alpha Iota Alumni Chjapter, the Bloomington Unitarian Universalist Church, WFIU Public Radio, and the many patrons of the Bloomington Chamber Singers have helped bring this project to life.
“Dreams produces a dream of a result...Boyce's new oratorio is an honest, inspired, and deftly crafted work, one of scope; of carefully designed, satisfying, back-and-forth shifts from tension to relief; of musical elements fitting poetic content; of artistic worth."