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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine beginning for the new Merton choir, 26 Oct. 2011
This is a beautifully produced recording with an interesting selection of pieces. Three of them are new works and another two decidedly 20th century, so if you are not a fan of modern choral music, look away now. I have a preference for Renaissance polyphony myself, but the new setting of When David Heard by Whitacre has definitely grown on me. Two thirds of the way into the piece, however, he asks the virtually impossible of the sopranos, and it must be said that momentarily the result is not completely beautiful - but that is a small carp really; there is little fault to find with the choir elsewhere on the CD.
The trio of settings of the bible story of David weeping at the news of the death of his son Absalon (Gombert, Weelkes, Whitacre) is a masterful juxtaposition. I return to these three pieces again and again, and the CD is worth buying for them alone. The tenor who sings on the Whitacre surely has a great future as a professional singer. The Gombert (Lugebat David Absalon) is simply ravishing.
This is a fine choir with fine direction, and a very fine chapel whose beautiful acoustic rings through the whole recording. Well worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling performance from Merton college choir, 31 Dec. 2011
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This is the first published cd from this Oxford College Choir. With young female and male voices the choir has a wonderful fresh sound. This is complemented by a programme contrasting contemporary works with works from previous centuries. This works very well and provides a very satisfying programme which demonstrates the abilities of this excellent choir.
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