The Lost Birds is Christopher Tin’s soaring elegy for the loss of bird species due to human activity. The album is a memorial for their loss and a celebration of their beauty–as symbols of hope, peace, and renewal. “To put their story into words, I turned to four 19th-century poets–Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Sara Teasdale,” says Tin. “These women saw their world transform from a pastoral society to an industrial one—one in which humans, for the first time, began disastrously reshaping the environment. And the poems which I selected depict an increasingly fraught world: first without birds, and ultimately without humans.” The album features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and renowned vocal ensemble Voces8.