Crossing Over, released by Sono Luminus on March 25, ranked #4 this week on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart. The album, available on Amazon and iTunes, explores the dream state at the end of life, and takes the listener on a musical and emotional journey, featuring music that illuminates the mystery of the end of mortal life and the possibilities of a life beyond.
Q2 Music featured Crossing Over as Album of the Week, declaring, “Skylark is only recently on the scene, but this album opener 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. . . the alchemy of the Sono Luminus label’s unimpeachable team and Skylark director Matthew Guard’s catalyzing leadership delivers an engrossing meditation on death.”
Crossing Over includes the first U.S. commercial recording of English composer Sir John Tavener’s 2003 work Butterfly Dreams; American composer William Schuman’s rarely recorded Carols of Death, based on the poetry of Walt Whitman; rising-star Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s setting of an ancient Icelandic psalm, Heyr þú oss himnum á; the first U.S. commercial recording of iconic Icelandic composer Jón Leifs’ Requiem, written upon the death of his teenage daughter; plus two pieces by young American composers – Robert Vuichard’s Heliocentric Meditation, inspired by the poetry of John Donne, in its world premiere recording; and Daniel Elder’s Elegy, based on the military tune “Taps.”
Hear excerpts from the album in this video:
Sono Luminus’ album package for Crossing Over includes both CD and Pure Audio Blu-ray with 9.1 Auro-3D and 5.1 Surround Sound versions, as well as the mShuttle application containing FLAC, WAV, and MP3 audio files. The album booklet includes a page for each piece with a full-color original photograph selected to mirror the emotions of the music.