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15 January 2019

NOTUS 'Of Radiance & Refraction'

by Luciano Feliciani (Kathodik)

L’ensemble vocale Notus è strepitoso e meravigliose sono le performance realizzate per questo CD. Tutte le opere qui contenute sono di grande spessore compositivo; il brano The Giver Of Stars del compositore svedese Sandström per coro a cappella è molto suggestivo, così come Stravinsky Refracted di Dominic Diorio, che è anche direttore dell’ensemble, è originalissimo, ricercato e davvero interessante.

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01 January 2019

FEATURE Review

by Huntley Dent (Fanfare Magazine)

DiOrio conducts these varied idioms with exceptional skill and understanding, at all times bringing out the musicality of each work. In assembling five experiments in radiance and refraction he’s created a unique CD that rewards every kind of listener, not just those devoted to contemporary music.

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01 December 2018

Of Radiance & Refraction

by Colin Clarke (Fanfare)

The group NOTUS is Indiana University’s contemporary vocal ensemble. Here, it presents five newly-commissioned works by Indiana University Jacobs School of Music composers. The freshness of the performances, and indeed of the music itself, is testament to this group’s zeal.

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01 December 2018

NOTUS: Of Radiance & Refraction

(Textura)

A diverse collection, Of Radiance & Refraction features five world premiere recordings, including new pieces composed for them by teachers at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The recording is not only a showcase for the work of the composers but NOTUS itself, comprised as it is of student singers at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (the performances on the album feature five different student groupings).

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22 November 2018

Americana '18 at St John’s Smith Square – Thanksgiving – ORA Singers/Suzi Digby

by David Truslove (Classical Source)

Amongst the standout pieces was the rhythmic urgency of Stucky’s ‘O Sacrum Convivium’ (from Three Motets in Memoriam of Thomas Tallis); its jazzy style all the more engaging for its position between Tallis of the same text and Hildegard of Bingen, her plainsong setting of ‘O Virtus Sapientiae’ prompting a bold reimagining from Dominick DiOrio for three spatially separated sopranos, very effectively conceived and performed with assurance.

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13 November 2018

Living Composers Reign During Choral Arts Initiative Concert

by Timothy Mangan (Voice of OC)

Dominick DiOrio’s “Down Deep,” in six short movements, took its words from brief utterances of the Little Rock Nine as well as a judge (Henry Woods) involved in a school desegregation case. The movements were aphoristic and single-minded, the whole a pithy punch at racism.

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01 November 2018

Recorded Sound Reviews

by David Rentz (Choral Journal)

As NOTUS's first commercial recording and a collection of significant new music, this disc will be a welcome addition to the collections of choral aficionados, and a reminder of the benefits (and challenges) of encouraging "non-choral" composers to write for our ensembles.

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On A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass...

The Houston Chamber Choir premiered Dominick DiOrio's "A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass", a four-movement robust choral virtuosic showcase inspired by the imagist poetry of turn-of-the-century Nobel Laureate Amy Lowell. When he said that he had written for a professional choir who could do just about anything, he wasn't kidding."

-- Joel Luks, CultureMap

On Alleluia...

I personally remain suspicious when perusing any copy of new music with the title "Alleluia" after Randall Thompson as it is hard to say more than he did, strictly in the choral idiom, so long ago. That being said, I too can evolve and Dominick DiOrio has crafted a thrilling new treatment worthy of attention and praise."

-- Sean Burton, Iowa ACDA Summer Symposium

On "Stabat mater dolorosa..."...

DiOrio’s setting is highly effective, in a lucid modern idiom, with Near’s sweet tone well conveying the placid denial of brutal reality... The Ave Maria is one of the most striking modern settings we have heard, and was our favorite bit of music for the evening.

-- Vance R. Koven, Boston Musical Intelligencer

On Klytemnestra: the original subversive female...

Dominick’s music has a dramatic complexity and depth that really resonates with me. Klytemnestra’s music has an interwoven quality – web-like, veiled, cyclical, a masterful interplay between the parts. The music is deeply psychological and reflective of a Greek heroine.

-- Misha Penton, artistic director of Divergence Vocal Theater, courtesy of Sequenza21 and Chris Becker