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Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, June 2013

…gorgeous new collection from the aptly named Etherea Vocal Ensemble…Holst’s natural affinity for Eastern philosophy and literature is evident in these sumptuous, magical pieces for treble chorus with harp accompaniment. The first one grabs the listener right away…“Hymn to Vena,” the third and most substantial of the set, features Ravelian harmonic sophistication, with fraught, whole-tone-based chords dissolving into sweeter, lusher sonorities, all serving to enhance the sense of wonder. The gossamer harp writing, sublimely rendered by Grace Cloutier, contributes strongly to these rare treasures. Two Eastern Pictures, another Holst work for the same forces, is also lovely, though not so exotic and distinctive. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review



Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, May 2013

The Etheria Vocal Ensemble…sing exquisitely in this lovely program that straddles the line between the sacred and the secular.

The engineering is excellent. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, March 2013

“Hymn to the Dawn” features the seven superbly tuned women’s voices that are known collectively as the Etherea Vocal Ensemble. These young women—by name, Arianne Abela, Esteli Gomez, Allison Holst-Grubbe, Heather Petrie, Jessica Petrus, Amanda Sidebottom, and Rebekah Westphal—impress with their wide dynamic range and flexible technique in a program of works by 19th and 20th century composers that often stretch tessituras to the living end. © 2013 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review



Paul Ballyk
Expedition Audio, February 2013

The diverse choral music of Holst, Prokofiev, Beach, Rheinberger, Mendelssohn and Rossini makes for a very enjoyable program, sung by the seven women and one countertenor of the Etherea Vocal Ensemble. These eight young singers are led by their artistic director Derek Greten-Harrison…Singers must perform flawlessly, as they do here, both as soloist and as part of the ensemble. It’s a pleasure to be treated to such clear and gorgeous singing.

The music is not only beautifully sung, but also thoughtfully programmed.

It is all recorded in impressive sound from the California based record label Delos… © 2013 Expedition Audio Read complete review






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