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"Find a Soundtrack for the Holiday Weekend"
"Winter: An Evocation"
The Albuquerque Journal
December 23, 2011
Review by David Steinberg

Though the title doesn't hint at it, this is mostly an album of religious Christmas music performed by the other-wordly female voices of Polyphony. The centerpiece is a gorgeous rendition of Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols." There also are tracks of carols by John Tavener, Franz Gruber and Tarik O'Regan, among others.

What captured my attention were Cary Ratcliff's "Were we Dreaming?" and the title track, an eight-minute secular, seasonal piece by Canadian Andrew Ager. Polyphony, which commissioned it, premiered the work two years ago. It moves from Lynn Gorman DeVelder's opening harp solo to the first of several choral segments, and closes, after a pause, with another harp solo. What is so hypnotic about the work is Polyphony's and the harpist's talents and Ager's genius for translating snowy winter scenes in nature into music. Polyphony is a treasure.