Nocturnes – 24 Nocturnes for Solo Guitar is the latest release from composer Nick Peros and features the World Premiere recording of 24 works for solo guitar performed by guitarist Michael Kolk.
Motets is the debut CD from composer Nick Peros and features 20 a cappella choral works composed by Nick and performed by The Renaissance Singers, conducted by Richard Cunningham.
Songs features a collection of 31 original songs written for solo voice & piano.
Firstly, the recording of the guitar here is impeccable (the recording engineer is Darryl Kingdon). There is great clarity, but accompanying that comes a sense of tenderness, of intimacy that is very much in keeping with Peros’ cycle of 24 Nocturnes for guitar. Vancouver-born Michael Kolk’s performances are exemplary throughout. Yes, this is music of the night, but it offers huge variety within that umbrella term.Colin Clarke read more
... his [Peros'] music is thoughtful and unfailingly attractive, and many of these songs could be slipped into any Wolf or Britten recital without embarrassment. More than half are settings of Emily Brontë's poems, with a further three by A E Housman - a clear signal that the general mood is one of passionate melancholy, regret and despair. Cheery affairs like Awaking Morning Laughs from Heaven are a rarity! A side-effect of this fact is a degree of identity in this recital: identity, but certainly not monotony - Peros' imagination provides … variety in the music to maintain the listener's interest.Byzantionread more
Canadian composer Nick Peros is fortunate to have such a fine choir perform his music: besides the ensemble's unquestionable technical accomplishment, its youthful sound and distinctively clear, bright soprano quality gives a freshness and vitality to each piece whose value to the overall success of the performances can't be underestimated. As for the music itself--and this by the way, is the first recording of Peros' work--it's full of ideas that show both an understanding of vocal writing and the mark of a well-trained student of compositional techniques...David Vernierread more