Mass Transmission: Choral Works by Mason Bates

June 8, 2019, 9:00 am

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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.