"A couple of gems round out the recording. Edie Hill's This Floating World are musical illustrations of five haiku by the great Japanese poet Basho (translations by Robert Hass are included in the notes). On the strength of Chatterton's performance - a sketch-pad that includes a sky-lark, the harvest moon, winter solitude, a petal shower, and the Milky Way - the piece instantly takes its place among the staples of the solo flute repertoire."
“Last July we had a glorious week immersed in the lush, thoughtful music of Edie Hill. We took great care in setting down a full CD of her works, with Edie in the room - works like Cancion de el Alma, a work that leaps, tumbles, reaches for the sky, and settles in undulating waves and rich harmonic clouds. The result is another new release from The Crossing, out today on Navona Records, in which we get to do what we love most: sing beautiful music.
Thanks Edie for sharing your art with us.”
"Edie Hill offers a diverse collection of works on Clay Jug. She manages to shift the listener’s perspective of the choir from to track to track...For me, choir music can elate my soul, or leave me cold, depending on how its performed. Here, on every track, I found something beautiful to get excited about; something to touch the soul... and to me, that's what classical music should be all about."
"She is especially adept at setting several different languages in very attractive ways...Hill is very skilled at selecting rich and ‘music ready’ texts as well...There is a fascinating sound that permeates her work with moments of clear “modernity” alongside timbres, voicings and mood that owe a lot to the Renaissance and the ars antiqua of Spain among others."
"Mesmerizing Choral Music"
"The different solo instrument colors weave intricately through the choral texture with an at times almost mesmerizing vibraphone idea adding a magical sense to the gorgeous harmonic writing in the central movement. An ancient quality appears in the final “Paleolithic Flute” with an intriguing solo line seeming to pull as back in time. The end result is an often intriguing blend of harmony and pure choral quality that is a sort of American parallel to some of the more familiar English choral music at the end of the 20th Century."
-for From the Wingbone of a Swan
"Each of the smaller works explores different languages exhibiting Hill’s deftness and crafting fascinating sounds out of these texts whether from Anglo-Saxon (The Phoenix), Spanish (Cancion De El Alma), or Latin (Alma Beata Et Bella)."
"Such fine vocal writing allows the singer and conductor to simply follow the score in letting the sound of the composition speak for itself"
-Paul Laprade on An Illuminated Transience
Cancion de el alma hailed as "a revelation."
Regarding the world premiere of Cancion de el alma by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
“...When Edie Hill's 'A Sound Like This' began, with its urgent exhortation to “Listen!,” I just about jumped out of my skin...You'd think that triggering my fight or flight response might have been an unpleasant experience, but I just sat there grinning...Then Cantus began singing harmonies that chased around the soundstage before blooming into a major chord – all interspersed with more whispered exclamations...and my grin stretched to rival Heath Ledger's.”
"A True Heart is Waiting is flat-out beautiful—deep and tuneful and full of mystery that resists your knowing it too well."
"Hill's masterful facility for setting words and exploiting the emotional richness of texts keeps her in demand."
"Few are creating more varied or distinctive works than Hill."
"Ms. Hill's composition was astoundingly beautiful... an impressionistic masterpiece."
"... delicate and sprightly with a foundation of dignified solemnity... [A Birthday] drew the loudest and most enthusiastic ovation of the event..."
"Edie Hill's work reveals both exciting creativity and strong craftsmanship. She has an obvious kinship with the choral medium and a sensitivity to the potential of the human voice."
"The overall effect of [Hill's] music is an evocation of magic."
"... wonderful leaps, tempo contrasts, and sense of drama pervade [Hill's] work."
"One of the Twin Cities' best-known young creators."
"...an exquisite bit of musical impressionism that conjured visions of snowdrifts and moonlight and tinkling icicles and howling wind across the Minnesota tundra."
"Her three-movement piece of airborne tone painting shows how much can be done with a single line..."
"... a joy to [perform]... with maximum capacity for expression. Delicate, but strong. A surprisingly athletic task."
"Edie Hill, one of the Twin Cities' best known creators, has been named [the Rose Ensemble's] composer-in-residence, and the first of two works intended for the ensemble was given its world premiere... Her 'Alma Beata et Bella,' a delicate setting of words by a 15th Century Italian poet, grew softly in slow and patient scales, and at its end, bloomed harmonically into a gentle kind of ecstasy, one that many saints have surely known."
“Hill's [This Floating World] delicately captured wondrous scenes from nature...with serenity...clarity...intensity. Turbulent...outside the box.”
"Both [Claudio Monteverdi and Edie Hill] place the text at the forefront of their musical expression...Edie Hill skillfully selects rhythms for singers to use. Her rhythmic choices are always based on the natural spoken rhythm of the words. Both composers create masterpieces by uniting music which represents the text, as well as giving the poetry the rhythmic integrity and clarity to be expressively sung."