Donnacha Dennehy and Crash Ensemble make NPR's top 25 of 2011

Thursday 16th June, 2011

We are delighted with the success of Donnacha Dennehy's album, released just over one month ago on May 3rd, 2011. 

Since then, music critics around the world have acclaimed the album as being "visceral", "an ecstatic vision set in a dreamscape of sound" and “one of the best and most satisfying listening experiences of the year so far”.

The culimination of positivity around this album has been given to us this week, when NPR announced it as one of the top 25 albums of the year.

"Grá agus Bás ("Love and Death"), an album of music by the contemporary Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, is a revelation. More than deftly dispatched by conductor Alan Pierson and the Crash Ensemble, the two works on this album are split in Manichean fashion in both mood and substance. The first is the haunting and utterly bracing title work, sung in Gaelic by vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, whose initial honey-sweet murmurs rise through anxiety and morph irrevocably into churning, roaring terror. The second is That the Night Come: custom-fit settings of Yeats' poetry for soprano Dawn Upshaw and her silvery, glistening voice in bracing, rich, complex and just plain gorgeous displays. I'll be listening to this for a long time to come. (Anastasia Tsioulcas)" (NPR, 2011).

Thank you to everyone who made this happen.