Top 10 Classical Albums of 2013 – Time Out Chicago
Our Favorite Music of 2013 – Chicago Reader
“Immaculately recorded…marvel at the ensemble performing the intricate work on the accompanying DVD”
-The New York Times
“Third Coast’s performance is as synchronous as it is dramatically fertile”
-Time Out Chicago
“Across four movements, the work’s bells, including 18 Burmese spinning bells and 26 Japanese “singing” bowls, as well as cymbals, gongs, triangles, coiled springs, metal pipes, and vibraphone come together to create an ethereal, Eastern-tinged sound with changing moods and colors”
-The Wall Street Journal
“The resonant sounds of the standing bells created such vivid sounds that one could almost imagine seeing the sound waves moving through the air and bouncing off of one another”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Spot-on audio and video performances”
“Clangorous and transporting”
“The periodic accumulation of sustained clouds of dissonance made for one of the most powerful new music experiences I’ve felt in years”
-Chicago Classical Review
Bells can be used to celebrate grand occasions, hold sacrificial rites, keep a record of events, give the correct time, celebrate births and weddings, mark funerals, caution a community, enhance any number of religious ceremonies, and are even hung around the necks of animals. Bells are central to the music of composer Augusta Read Thomas, who is among the most sought-after composers working today.
Written in 2012, Resounding Earth is scored for nearly three hundred unique bells and other resonant metal objects. The composition of the work, and the selection of the specific bells used in the recording, was completed in close collaboration between Thomas and Third Coast Percussion.
The album is available as an audio CD, and as a DVD with complete audio/visual of the work.