“Man Is a Song” became the theme of The Star-Scape Singers’ first European tour in the spring of 1983. This second volume of recordings made during that triumphant journey presents sparkling performances described by one critic as “vocal expression which announces a rebirth of choral music of this century and whose substance touches the universal.”
The Song knows no boundaries. The Star-Scape Singers’ entirely original repertoire and the completely unique approach to voice-sound won the acclaim and more – the hearts of every audience that received them. Dr. Laszlo Jablanczy, musicologist and critic, commented that “Kenneth Mills’ new concept of sound and the way he handles it – the expansion of the tonal system, the horizontal rather than vertical building, the transcendental rather than individual emotional substance of this music – indeed represents the universal language!”
The first two selections on Side One were recorded in concert at the Zwingli Church in Schaffausen on the Rhine. It is a modern church of glass and wood, in fact the ceiling of the chapel looks much like the interior of a large musical instrument and provides a very warm resonance to the works presented. Whether listening to a solo voice or the entire choir, one is able to distinguish in the clarity of the room the range of overtones and subtones and the resulting spectrum of sound-color of these pure, instrument-like voices.
The final composition on Side One and Side Two in its entirety present further performances from the concert in St. Alban’s Church in Basel, Switzerland. As heard on Volume 1 of this series.
Mr. Mills and the Singers arrived that day after three consecutive days of concerts and arduous travel, and the extraordinary performances of that evening seem to soar on a great sigh of happiness just to be still and sing!
Star-Scape Singers: Dianne Forsyth, Stefanie Dedrick, Alberta Ridley, Linda Roedl, Chris Dedrick, Sandra Dedrick, Rob Bullock, Bob Mann, Terry Stevens, Richard Leach, Peter Thompson
Produced by Kenneth G. Mills
Engineered by John Arciuch
Mastered at McLear Place, Toronto