John Pitcher of the Nashville Scene has given a stellar review of our new CD Amorisms:
“…Portara Ensemble, Nashville’s terrific a cappella vocal group, joins Alias for the world-premiere recording of the title piece, Amorisms, another Shakespeare-inspired composition. A performance of Moravec’s Sacred Love Songs rounds out the album.”
“…The inspiration for Amorisms came to Moravec after a visit to the Bard’s birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The work, which was jointly commissioned by Alias, Portara and Nashville Ballet, is based on some of Shakespeare’s most memorable lines about love. Moravec mostly set short phrases, such as “love is a spirit” from Venus and Adonis and “the course of true love” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Portara’s vocalists, under the expert direction of Shreyas Patel, sing this music with color and vibrancy. Alias, for its part, provides sensitive accompaniment.
Sacred Love Songs is a setting of familiar biblical texts along with a meditation known as “A Prayer of St. Francis.” Moravec describes the music as more “choral than solo,” with the singers creating textures that are unusually rich and resonant. Alias and Portara perform every note, every syllable with transparency and deep feeling. It’s a golden sound that may well garner a little Grammy gold in the year ahead.”