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Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, December 2019

Bates’s versatility is further revealed on this disc of superb choral works featuring the inspired Cappella SF.

Both works could hardly have more incisive and seamless champions than Cappella SF… Lucky is the composer whose music is brought to life by these exceptional singers. © 2019 Gramophone



Richard Hanlon
MusicWeb International, September 2019

Sirens actually dates from 2009, and certain fingerprints of what might be deemed as Bates’ mature language (he is still only 42) are present and correct. It’s a fine sequence, luxuriantly performed by Cappella SF under their founding conductor Ragnar Bohlin. …Mass Transmission is a more rounded, representative example of Bates’ art; his selection of convincing texts builds considerable narrative tension, and beautifully illustrates his choice of a largely forgotten story about innovative adaptive technology which mirrors his own creative practices. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, September 2019

One of Bates’s major interests is bringing classical music of our time to contemporary audiences—a song we’ve heard before. This program is perhaps the healthiest example of this, mostly owing to the excellence of its music and performance. This is worth your while, especially if you have interest in contemporary choral music. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, August 2019

…Mason Bates on the captivating Delos release Mass Transmission would impart engagingly provocative messages, but, like choral music itself, this tunesmith’s music divulges a notable gift for crafting music that not only conveys, complements, and heightens the meanings of words but also facilitates the listener’s comprehension of subtleties that read and spoken words can at best only partially disclose. So spiritually resonant are the pieces on Mass Transmission—and so eloquent are these performances of them—that it almost seems as though this is not music at all. Rather, Bates has made the essence of humanity audible. © 2019 Voix des Arts  Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), June 2019

Grammy-winning composer Mason Bates is widely renowned for his pioneering practice of creating music for conventional performing forces enhanced by electronic sounds. Of the two works presented in this album, Mass Transmission—in its world premiere recording—is a particularly winning example of Bates’ use of “electronica,” blended here with music for mixed choir and organ. Sirens, lacking electronica, still achieves mesmerizing vocal effects through its complex scoring for 12-part a cappella choir. Conductor Ragnar Bohlin and his superb chamber choir Cappella SF deliver astonishing performances. © 2019 WFMT (Chicago)





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