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Howard Goodall / Enchanted Voices

23 Mar. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2009
  • Release Date: 23 Mar. 2009
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Classic FM Records
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  • Total Length: 1:06:29
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  • ASIN: B001YIKU2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,524 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Bertram on 4 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am so very pleased with this CD. It is utterly captivating and I get goosebumps every time I listen to it. This is modern chant for female voices, most of it accompanied very sensitively and delicately by organ, cello and bells. It is especially meaningful to read through the corresponding liner notes while listening.

This is healing music for the soul, truly inspired. I didn't know of Howard Goodall's music before, but will certainly be exploring his other works. I would put this disk at the top of my list of must-haves.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Hutchings on 12 July 2009
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Well. I certainly wasn't expecting this. Having seen a fair bit of Goodall's music in print from Faber, and heard the muzak tv themes, I wasn't expecting much from something popularised by Classic FM, and titled 'Enchanted Voices' (which confuses me as it has little to do with the texts used, and if it's a statement about the singing, is it not a touch too full of itself?).

What I got was a thoroughly beautiful minimalism, that doesn't ape Glass, Gorecki, Pärt, or Tavener. The Sermon on the Mount texts are given extremely well-chosen partners (the 'Pro' texts). The use of only upper voices does not grate on the ear, and there is, within the chosen format, quite a variety of texture - Goodall is not afraid to use challenging intervals and melodic lines to secure his meaning.

All in all, really rather good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kittiwake on 13 May 2009
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I, too, had heard the excerpts on CLASSIC fM and that is what inspired me to buy this CD. I think it is a triumph. I did not find it 'samey' as I think each Beatitude has been approached individually, although there are personal favourites of course. Usually, you would expect choirboys to be performing this kind of thing but the beautiful, very clear, women's voices work perfectly.
I was very lucky to win a pair of tickets from CLASSIC fM to a small concert at which Howard Goodall, with Enchanted Voices, performed 4 of the Beatitudes. He explained his concept for his four new 'Beatitudes' that are relevant to today's world - 'for the stateless', 'for those that care for others', 'for those that are cared for' and 'for those that are lonely' - and was very careful to say that he wasn't implying that Jesus had left anything out! It was thrilling and I like the CD even more now. What a wonderful talent this man has.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Alison Foster on 27 Mar. 2009
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I had heard this CD previewed on Classic FM, and though attracted by the track they featured, I had learnt the hard way, that sometimes the ploy is to always use the best track, to hook and reel in the buyers. But my verdict this time? I'm happy to report that this was one fish, well and truly pleased to be reeled in. It's lovely.

Chant, I've found in the past can become quite "samey" as you go from track to track, but this remains fresh throughout, perhaps because of the musical accompaniment to compliment the voices, which unaccompanimented chant can sometimes feel repetitive without.

The voices are delightful (corny word I know) but my point is, that I usually like to wind up my husband (who is a great lover of all things classical), by saying that I don't like women with screechy voices, just as he's in the middle of listening to some famous opera singer or the like. These voices though sharp and not adverse to hitting the odd high note, are more beautiful; spiritual, and angelic than that. They're powerful but serene, if that's not a contadiction in terms.
I've burned the CD to my laptop, and use the original disc on my CD Walkman or in the car. It goes with me everywhere at the moment, just to keep me thoroughly chilled. Now if only I could get it piped into my workplace......!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wadge on 5 July 2009
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I regularly listen to Classic FM in my car and the Station has been very heavily promoting this CD. I have loved classical music for many years and have a particular love of ethereal female voices. Thus this CD really seemed to tick all the right boxes for me and I have certainly not been disappointed. I suppose some listeners may become somewhat tired of the apparent lack of variety and generally slow tempos used by Howard Goodall but I do not find these cause me any problems at all, bearing in mind his vision of the message that he was trying to convey when composing the music. As an example of modern music successfully harking back to its roots in mediaeval plain chant, I think Howard Goodall should be congratulated on his achievement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. H. C. Mellor VINE VOICE on 31 July 2009
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This is an album that is not out of place at any time of the year, Christmas, Summer, whenever. A very traditional sound with a modern twist to the music, it could almost have been written any time in the last 500 years. Reminders of Vaughan Williams G Minor Mass in places and various other part songs and pieces by various composers over the last few centuries. A beautifully haunting sound, light instrumentation providing a soft backing to soft vocals and lilting harmonies all the way through. Certainly an album you can sit down and relax to and let the troubles of the day wash away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Murray on 13 May 2009
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a very well thought through disc it was nicely ballanced. fantastic calming and melodic structures.I thought that it was not to heavy or over bearing,it was almost light in many respects.some of the quotes from the bible were not to deep and quite thought prevoking wene taken in to contecst with the musical content. all in all very calming and enjoyable. it could have been a little longer in content.
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