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A spellbinding release - flawless
on 10 March 2011
Every once in a while, a CD release comes along that is truly special; where much care has been taken in every aspect and, critically, the recording has managed to capture the occasion and its specialness. This is one such disc.
The variety is especially welcome. Not only do we have the large scale works, but the more intimate pieces as well. Much thought has evidently gone into the pieces represented (not just being some world firsts for the sake of it) as well as the colourful instrumentation.
The singing is not only first class - we have become accustomed to expect this from such forces these days - the singers actually "say something" and convey the meaning, even in the grander pieces which can so often sound a bit pedestrian from other groups.
Even if unfamiliar with the music and let's face it most buyers will be, do not be deterred. It is a hugely enjoyable disc with so much to commend it.
I am sure this will become a classic of its time, in the same way as Gothic Voices CD "A feather on the breath of God". In fact look at all the praise for that CD - it fits for this one too, admirably.