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Supurb arrangements & compelling voices,
This review is from: Luminosa (Audio CD)
Luminosa--as a recording--is not just a nice CD to purchase, but it is a monumental feat in the "marriage" of fine choral arrangements with hand-chosen voices of enchanting quality!
I have been involved in choral work for years, singing everything from Handal's Messiah to Bach's "Jesu, Joy..." to Beethoven's choral 9th Symphony.
Point? These arrangements are not just nice---they are elegant!
I have never heard such voices--voices that are analogous to clarion Piccolo trumpets--and yet simultaneously possessing the richess of Horns in F.
Further, all of the soloists sing with VERY fine precision, and yet they have that MAGIC which I call "The Gift". It is the same gift of spontinaity and freshness that the immortal Sergei Rachmaninoff had in each and every one of his piano performances. These boys can do exactly what Rachmaninoff did in vocal form : deliver sheer immensity of power, or deliver flower-like delicacy and sound genuine and it never sounds hackneyed. For example, when I personally listened to Semele [an arranged piece of Geo. Frederick Handal]for the first time, I sat spellbound as Ben Crawley's voice opened the piece. At live volume [on a good system] it was like being at the Royal Albert Hall, and I was only 12 feet from him. It was an utterly moving experience, as great as I have ever had in the choral field of music. Nothing surpassed the sonority of that voice!
And may I add for you musically-technical buffs, the musical TRANSPARENCY of his and the other voices defy description. This CD is, in my estimation, a bona-fide benchmark in choral work. This CD is surely exemplary of the art of choral music.