Rain Worthington is a contemporary voice that demands to be heard. The present first collection [Dream Vapors] establishes her as a unique orchestral exponent, an inspired artist saying something definite and compelling today.
The size of the orchestra ranges between smaller to more full, yet it is the impact of the composing in every case that stands out as full of dark, burnished color. She is a master of her own orchestral palette.
She has the ability to state her compositional case to us directly, as it were, in absolutely concrete if mystical terms. She somehow makes clear to us how we experience the transitional, impermanent and ever shifting quality of a later modernist world. Perhaps I am reading into the music, but a sort of chromatic instability within a rooted quality most certainly comes at us as listeners and we respond.
The composer’s creations are inexhaustibly inventive, never at a loss for a surprising harmonic solution or a novel gesture in orchestration. At times one hears the influence of world music in moments of percussion, at other times a given turn of phrase in melody is deliberately repeated for emphasis, mining a bit the world of minimalism. But overall this is the work of an eclectic, sui-generis musical artist who walks to the beat of her own romantic heart and outside the parameters of contemporary music.
There is a deep interiority to this music, which seems directly in touch with a private dreamworld that the composer makes universal. …Worthington has an instantly recognizable sound, an austere sensuality not quite like anyone else, …a composer of considerable imagination, emotional expressiveness, and poetic sensibility—one who needs to be heard more widely.
Worthington’s orchestral writing in Dream Vapors takes us inside the sometimes illogical world of dreams and memories and uses a fusion of styles—ancient, medieval sounds expressed via modality and open sonorities, modernist minimalist ostinato, and classical approaches to basic ideas — to capture components of the human experience.
Her passion for music, especially that for orchestra, has allowed her to use what seems like a great deal of natural talent to produce some very fine work; …Hopefully, this new and very interesting album will cause some conductors and performers and even some movie types to take notice for it is hard to ignore.
..this is human music. …For too many composers, modern music is either the sound of squeaky gates or inconsequential, aimless shimmerings. Neither description is appropriate here: the modernity is in speaking to the condition of humanity as it is.
Dream Vapors is a new Classical album by Rain Worthington, who delivers on an emotional level, offering us segments of pure tranquil beauty and others of tremendous fear and tension. …It’s a project that deserves the listener’s complete attention – and to be honest, once you start listening to it you’ll find it hard to concentrate on anything else.
There is a remarkable consistency of style here suggesting that this composer has a clearly established voice. Clearly Worthington is a master of orchestration as she wields complex orchestral pallets where dissonance, as well as orchestration contribute to the color in a basically tonal framework. … the impression to this listener suggests influences as diverse as Claude Debussy, Jacob Druckman, Daniel Asia, Toru Takemitsu, and Anton Bruckner. This is beautiful though not “pretty” music with complex emotional content that leans in somber, wistful, sometimes haunting, and even nostalgic directions much as an impressionist painting.
Rain plays with minimalistic patterns and motion, creating dissonant moments that ultimately resolve themselves into something of a quilted blanket of mysterious contentment.
Worthington’s music is melodic yet moody, peculiar yet soothing, familiar…yet just slightly foreign and unusual. …She has an incredible knack for coming up with cool flowing melodies and wonderfully precise arrangements.
Many of the pieces balance that floating quality with a feeling of forward motion and inner exploration; they follow their own logic and have secrets to reveal.