Limelight Magazine offers a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review for the Richmond Symphony and Chorus and Steven Smith’s recording of Mason Bates: Children of Adam; Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem.
“[Bates’s] choral writing is reminiscent of Vaughan Williams, whose well known Dona Nobis Pacem is the coupling. … Bates’ command of orchestral texture is colourful and assured. In the choral sections, he sets poets such as Whitman, Sandburg, and the long passage from Genesis about the creation of the world. My favourite segment is the dance-like setting of Psalms 144 and 128, with their quirky percussion. … Vaughan Williams’ earlier work (1936), one of his loveliest, receives a strong performance. Conductor Steven Smith gets the flow just right, and both soloists are suitably dramatic. These performances were recorded live. Reference Recordings’ much praised sound is as exciting and realistic as ever.”—Phillip Scott, Limelight