"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,
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.