December 1, 2022

'The Blue Hour' Album Press Round-Up

The Blue Hour album, a collective song cycle by Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider for vocalist Shara Nova and string orchestra A Far Cry -- released on Nonesuch Records and New Amsterdam Records in October 2022, has received some wonderful press. Here are some choice pull quotes: 

"The 75-minute song cycle flows seamlessly, thanks to a lush, integrated composing style adhered to by Caroline Shaw, Angélica Negrón, Rachel Grimes, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Shara Nova, who sings the entire cycle. The music is gorgeously realized by A Far Cry, the Boston-based chamber orchestra." — NPR

"A subtle reflection of dehumanisation, examined through alphabetically arranged phrases woven into 40 movements, each created by individual composers—Rachel Grimes, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, and Caroline Shaw." — BBC Music Magazine

‘A semi-operatic song-cycle written collaboratively by a veritable who’s who of new female composers..." — The Guardian

"This architecture lends to The Blue Hour’s compulsive relistenability, new lines emerging as significant with each turn. I want to revisit this album like I revisit certain books every few years or so, using it as a sort of psychological yardstick or Rorschach test to see what stands out. It’s both a means and manifestation of contemplation." — VAN Magazine

"These five gifted composers speak to a circle of stories – shared influences, revelatory experiences- all riffing off of and taking inspiration from one another, as they respond collectively to a flood of memories from a woman traveling the space between life and death as laid out in the poem." — New Sounds