Grace Cloutier ’05MM and the vocal ensemble Etherea, which includes several Yalies, have seen their recent album rising on the charts. Ceremony of Carols, on Delos, became the No. 1 featured classical album on iTunes and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard ‘traditional classical’ charts.
Yale alumni featured on the album include not only Cloutier but also Arianne Abela ’10MM, Awet Andemicael ’10DIV, Alan Murchie ’85BA, ’07DIV, and Lucy Fitz Gibbon ’10BA, as well as Yale staff members Rebekah Westphal (Director of International Admissions, Yale College) and Derek Greten-Harrison (Admissions and Student Affairs, Institute of Sacred Music).
Opera News offered a rave review, saying that “The singers of Etherea impress the listener with their dynamic range and flexible technique” and “present an elegant, nuanced reading of Britten’s score.” In addition, “Cloutier provides superb accompaniment throughout, and in addition to the solo harp interludes in the Britten and Rutter, she excels in a lush, romantic performance of Gliere’s Impromptu for Harp.”
Other Alumni Recordings
Greg Anderson ’08MMA, with his piano duo partner Elizabeth Joy Roe, released When Words Fade on the Steinway & Sons label. The debut release from Anderson & Roe is captured by multi–Grammy-winning producer Steven Epstein. When Words Fade features original piano four-hand arrangements of vocal repertoire and popular songs by composers from Vivaldi, Rachmaninov, and Schubert to Michael Jackson, Radiohead, and Coldplay. Packaged with the CD is a bonus DVD featuring dramatizations that re-interpret four of the wordless piano duos and their emotional potency with a modern twist. Watch their video of Schubert’s Erlkönig HERE. MORE