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The Stolen Child
Choral Works of Scott Perkins


Composer: Scott Perkins
Conductor: Scott Perkins
Label: Navona Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 13 January 2017

The Stolen Child is a collection of three choral works based on poems by William Butler Yeats, Walt Whitman, W. H. Auden, and Walter de la Mare Each piece shares the theme of the loss of innocence of a child, illustrated through symbols of magic, nature and sleep...

Scott Perkins builds an intricate world with his choral collection The Stolen Child. It's an impressive album, which is divided into three segments. The entire album contains 16 tracks (49 min, 21 sec) which are split as follows: The Stolen Child (6 tracks - 14 min, 07 sec); A World of the Sea (5 tracks - 17 min, 15 sec); and The World of Dream (5 tracks - 17 min, 59 sec).

These are three very different works which compliment each other beautifully. Word Out of The Sea is arguably this album's most haunting inclusion, whilst The World of Dream represents a collection of dreamy, floaty pieces. For me The Stolen Child is easily the most beautiful and pleasing segment.

This is an incredible choral work that delivers more intimate themes the more you listen to it.


Darren Rea

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