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Kirkland Snider's Mass for the Endangered, which was released on New Amsterdam and Nonesuch Records last Friday, was reviewed on NPR's All Things Considered last night. Snider's Mass, with a libretto by poet/writer Nathaniel
Bellows, is a celebration of, and an elegy for, the natural world, an appeal for greater awareness, urgency, and action. The recording features the English vocal ensemble Gallicantus conducted by Gabriel Crouch.
"Snider asserts her own musical personality as a composer who knows instinctively how to write for the human voice," says NPR's Tom Huizenga in his review. "Both the choir and the 12-member orchestra, conducted by Gabriel Crouch, respond to Snider's music with richly tailored performances ... Through her smart and resplendent exploration of age-old musical formulas, Snider's eco-inspired Mass for the Endangered is a blast from the past that resonates profoundly in the present."