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Raul da Gama
The WholeNote, August 2020

Michael Gordon’s Anonymous Man deals with the existential loneliness of community. The music describes both the discovery and effects that something like that could have on the human sensibilities. Gordon’s work comprises the music and accompanying narratives that, when sung solo or in ensemble, speak to the existential angst of Gordon’s character as the Anonymous Man. The music startles and the words constantly enliven it through their beautifully bizarre and almost neurotic sensitivity to feeling and experience. The musicians of The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally, capture all of Gordon’s angst by investing the music with just the right amount of drama and emotion—which is also often delightfully deadpan. The textural light and shade of music in On That Terrible Beautiful Morning is perfectly judged in terms of both phrasing and intonation. © 2020 The WholeNote




Choir & Organ, July 2020

Donald Nally and The Crossing give a superbly accomplished account of this work, rhythmically precise and with impeccable intonation. © 2020 Choir & Organ




James Manheim
AllMusic.com, May 2020

The everyday quality of the texts and the elevated singing of the choir set up a strong basic contrast, and there are ingenious touches throughout; the vocal slides and the echoes of Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (from Oklahoma!) in “On That Terrible Beautiful Morning,” the 9/11 movement, will not soon be forgotten. The singing is up to The Crossing’s usual high standards, and beyond that, Anonymous Man is a unique choral work likely to be absorbed into the general repertory. © 2020 AllMusic.com Read complete review



Richard S. Ginell
San Francisco Classical Voice, April 2020

…Gordon’s Anonymous Man , a 2017-vintage, nearly-hour-long song cycle for a cappella choir (Cantaloupe Music), reveals a more intimate side of the composer. Written for the gorgeous voices of the 24-member, Philadelphia-based choral group The Crossing, it’s a far mellower piece… © 2020 San Francisco Classical Voice Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, March 2020

The Crossing are the ideal group to make of this music something special. And they do. It is not music that is self-evident or predictable, even if you know Michael Gordon’s music well.

The music haunts. It is not the expected. Bravo. © 2020 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review





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