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My issue with this disc is that the repertoire is just all a bit samey. Gjelio falls into the same category of choral compostion as Whitacre and Mealor I think - in small doses it's very effective, but one does tend to get musical indigestion after a while as it's all quite richly textured and quite slow moving. Having said that, The Phoenix Chorale sing it beautifully, as you would expect, and on the SACD layer, this Chandos disc sounds superb.
An absolutely wonderful CD. Beautiful singing. Ola Gjeilo was a composer I had not heard of before. I heard the first track on Classic FM and loved it so much that I wanted to hear other music from this Norwegian composer - I was not disappointed!
This CD contains the most beautiful music - truly sublime with fantastic close harmonies. Really beautiful, modern compositions yet a classic feel. Like the best of modern choral composers such as Chilcott and Whitacre, I found this music inspiring.