Various: Beyond All Mortal Dreams: American A Capella CD
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Recently named in Gramophone as the fifth best choir in the world , Stephen Layton and his acclaimed Trinity College Choir perform a stunning disc of American a cappella choral works. The recording is a showcase of little-known American composers unearthed by Layton during his travels. These distinctive and luminous compositions illustrate the context in which better-known composers such as Lauridsen and Whitacre already championed by Layton learnt their craft. The choir is in perfect voice. Their purity of tone, flawless intonation and depth of feeling are truly exceptional. This wonderful disc is a must for all choral fanatics.
First a health warning:it is impossible to do anything else but listen once the opening track of ths glorious album begins...I can say with certainty that this an album that will repay repeated listening for years to come.Go on,indulge yourself. ***** DISC OF THE MONTH --Classic fm Magazine,Aug'11
The singing is beautifully blended,the parts sensitively balanced,the absense of spurious vibrato a constant pleasure.Typically outstanding Hyperion sound caps this warmly recommended issue. Performance **** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11
If this is a representative cross-section of unaccompanied American choral music since the Second world War,it shows a genre in which beauty of sound and an atmospheric of prayerfulness are the chief characteristics. --Gramophone,Oct'11
With this disc,Stephen Layton continues his explorations into contemporary choral music.Many of his Hyperion discs pair him with Polyphony ,the chamber choir he founded in 1986.Here he conducts the larger choir of Trinity College Choir,Cambridge.It doesn't matter which ensemble Layton leads,though;the results are examplary in terms of technical perfection and purity of expression.'Beyong all mortal dreams is cut from the same cloth.The resonant acoustics in the Chapel of Trinity College crown the music's head with a halo but do not cloud its body. --IRR,Sept'11
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First, a health warning: it is impossible to do anything else but listen once the opening track of this glorious album begins. Don't pop it on your iPod if you're planning on walking anywhere quickly as you're more likely to find yourself staring off into the distance wistfully instead. And it will keep you hypnotised for a blissful 70 minutes, following which you will silently extend your index finger, press play, and start it all over again. Here is music-making of the highest quality.
Voted both CLASSIC FM CD OF THE WEEK and CLASSIC FM MAGAZINE CD OF THE MONTH
The helpful liner notes include brief biographies of the various composers, along with full texts. The recording quality is up to the usual Hyperion standard, and the performances are near-flawless. This disc was a revelation to me, and is to be highly recommended.
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I agree with those reviewers who comment that these composers - and this CD - deserve to be better known. Read morePublished 20 months ago by vmht
I didn't know these American composers before and I am bowled over by this CD. The a capella sound of this choir is heavenly. I play it all the time.Published on 12 Mar. 2013 by S C Villiers