At the age of 20, inspired by the suicide of a close friend's father, Aaron Gohlke composed this orchestral Requiem.
There are some crudities, both in the composition and the orchestration - I'm his teacher, so he's heard this already - but Aaron's mastery of the structure, and the music's power and sincerity, are deeply impressive.
Two different spaces were used in the realization - the Pernegg Monastery for the first movement, and the Sage concert hall for the second and third movements. All instruments are VSL with the exception of the solo voices, for which Aaron wanted less vibrato than the VSL solo voice libraries provide. The library we ended up using ... well, I'm not entirely dissatisfied with the results, but I came away more thankful than ever for the relative consistency of VSL libraries.