Crash Ensemble in The New York Times

Wednesday 5th August, 2020

The New York Times asked Richard Reed Parry, Max Richter, Barbara Hannigan and others to pick the music that moves them. In an article entitled 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love 21st-Century Composers.
Garth Greenwell, writer, picked Crash Ensemble's recording of Donnacha Dennehy’s “He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead”.
Donnacha Dennehy’s setting of Yeats’s tender, macabre love poem “He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead” is haunting and spare, with slow-moving, eerie dissonances in winds and strings pierced by bell-like notes from piano and electric guitar. It sets an intimate stage for the soloist, her long lines ornamented with turns and grace notes. I fell in love with Dawn Upshaw’s voice as a teenager, when I was first discovering classical music. In early recordings, her voice is a fountain of gold. It’s a different instrument now: darker, less easy and, like this song, almost unbearably beautiful.

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Listen to “He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead”