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5.0 out of 5 stars New College Choir on stunning form once again!, 25 April 2001
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This review is from: Bluebird - Music of Contemplation (Audio CD)
After their chart-topping success of 'Agnus Dei' and 'Agnus Dei II', New College have not tried to make much change to a winning formula with this latest collection of favourites from the English Choral repetory. Sub-titled 'Music of Contemplation' to give the programme a spiritual, rather than overtly religious, flavour, it is actually only Stanford's 'Bluebird' which would definitely not be heard in evensong. Higginbottom, although leaning heavily towards the mass-market in his choice of sugar-coated classics such as Bach/Gounod 'Ave Maria' does offer a coherent package, while surprises such Gretchaninoff's sublime 'Creed' with a young soloist on top form, ensure its freshness and originality. The trebles produce their distinctive tone to great effect here, one gains the impression that they are really emotionally involved. The back-rows are also characteristically assured. One slight complaint would be that Decca's sound quality is not of their usual high standard on this disc - at times it sounds as if the choir is singing in a bathroom (not due I'm sure to the acoustics in Merton College, but rather to the studio work afterwards). Nevertheless this does not marr a fabulous achievement, which should rank high amongst the recordings of this 'compilation' type.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 11 Feb 2014
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Hilary Musker (Romsey, Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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A beautiful album with so many lovely pieces of music. A peaceful hour listening to this. I greatly enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good get it, 28 Aug 2014
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T. G. F. Garrett (UK) - See all my reviews
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Appreciated by my wife who will put it on then disappear upstairs only to come back and put it on again !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Dec 2014
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wonderful choir and singing
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