"Both my wife and I listened to David's creation, and we are very impressed. This is a beautiful and serious music. It seems that he has transported himself to the 16th century, studied music with great masters and sent these pieces to us from the distance of time. I truly believe that this music is very unique. It carries the spirit of old times, but it's not another bad copy of a real masterwork. It is a real one."
Chief Retail Technician, Steinway & Sons NY
Tuba Principal, New York Repertory Orchestra and
former music critic
On Monday, January 2nd at 3 pm, The Church of the Holy Name will celebrate their feast day with a Traditional Latin Mass.
On Sunday, March 5th at 5 pm, The Church of the Holy Name will celebrate the the first Sunday of Lent with a Traditional Latin Mass.
"[This CD] is mesmerizing. I've heard it through, I think 3 times already. There are bits that really make me sit up and say 'Wow', like track 13. The main impression is of being taken back in time hundreds of years with really amazing voices, to a meditative place. I love it. Thank you so much."
The sisters of the Visitation Monastery in Brooklyn had their first TLM since the early seventies on Monday, August 21st. This magnificent monastery was founded in 1855 and whose original founders are St. Francis De Sales and St. Jane De Chantal. Music for the Mass was the Gregorian chant propers and motets of David Adam Smith.
"The motets are so imaginative, rich and vivid in expression!
It is radiant music." -John Chesnut
[The] motets are extraordinary! I've loved late Medieval/early Renaissance music ever since a grad class in musicology, and David's motets rank with the greatest. There's something visceral--and very satisfying--about his resolution of dissonances into resonance of the open intervals (octaves, 5ths, 4ths) and the reverberations in the church.
You suggested listening to numbers 1, 2, 7, and 8 for the season from Advent to Epiphany, but of course I couldn't stop once I had heard the first one. I listened all the way through. Each motet is expressive on its own, and, taken as a single body of work, they are like little gems set as a gorgeous piece of jewelry. -Nan Shostak