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Positive Feedback Online, May 2018

The Skylark Vocal Ensemble is made up of professional singers and educators whose work will absolutely amaze you. The whole album is made up of pieces about… Crossing Over. It’s beautifully sung and beautifully recorded, and it’s just an example of the many treasures waiting to be discovered. © 2018 Positive Feedback Online

Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, September 2016

We reach choral nirvana here, with celestial sacred fare sung for us by one of the world’s elite choirs. Whether a deceptively simple 2-voice canon like Tallis’s ‘When Jesus Wept’, or a more intricate 7-part ‘Miserere nostri’ that may have been worked on by Tallis and Byrd together, or Byrd’s ingenious 8-part ‘Diliges Dominum’—a musical palindrome that comes out the same way sung backwards or forwards—the musicianship is as gracious and unforced as can be. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

James Manheim, May 2016

…serious students of modern choral music will find great originality and depth here as well. The music comes from the minimalist side of the contemporary spectrum, or at least from the realm of, to borrow a phrase from Glenn Watkins, new simplicities. It is for the most part little-known, and it hangs together beautifully. …This is new music, put together in a new way, beautifully sung and recorded. © 2016 Read complete review

Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, April 2016

It is this choir’s wonderful control and shaping of phrases, as well as its fine sonorities that adds so much to these performances.

This is a truly wonderful disc of choral works. © 2016 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review

Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, April 2016

Featuring unique voices in choral composition from around the world, and including several world premiere recordings, Crossing Over to my ear was neither depressing or overly solemn, but beautiful music that lifts the spirits and creates a calm environment perfect for meditation or reflection.

This is a significant classical release. Combining some world premier performances, a natural and beautifully ethereal recording, and a well thought-out program, this disc is highly recommended. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, March 2016

Matthew Guard’s excellent chamber choir Skylark has a three-fold mission; create innovative and meaningful programs of stunning vocal beauty; educate and inspire the next generation of choral artists; and support the careers of the most talented vocal artists in America.

This special new disc from Sono Luminus shows us the group is well on their way to fulfilling the first of these. The singing is indeed stunningly beautiful… © 2016 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review

Doyle Armbrust
WQXR (New York), March 2016

…Skylark is only recently on the scene, but [Daniel Elder’s Elegy] knowingly reaches in through the ribs and grips the vitals, sending a heartbreaking panorama of cherished memories across at least this listener’s inner eye. Elder’s weaving in of the ubiquitous, funereal arpeggio of Taps sounds risky on paper, but the treatment of it here as a swirling canon—and the poignancy of his orchestrations in general—point to a talent from whom we’re eager to hear more. © 2016 WQXR (New York) Read complete review

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