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Having fallen in love with 'A Choral Tapestry' a recent Voces8 release I heard reviewed on Radio 3 a few weeks ago and bought immediately, I scoured Amazon for more discs by this a cappella octet. This one looked very promising so I eagerly awaited its arrival. Alas, it is a live recording of a concert performance in France. The singing is not as clean and tight as their stuio discs and the 'chat' between tracks is both excessive and intrusive, even more so for an Englishman who doesn't speak French! There is some lovely music, particularly the Bruckner, but I cannot help being so irritated by the chat that I cannot enjoy it. I reccomend the newer recording 'A Choral Tapestry' if you want to be transported to Choral Nirvana; it's my disc of the year so far, and 2012 is turning out to be a very good year for choral recordings.
Saw these at Rugby school where they had done a workshop with the children; they had had the day to rehearse with the kids and put on a show for parents and friends in the evening. Absolutely stunning voices singing unaccompanied, I was impressed enough to get this CD - and am not disappointed. I think we shall hear a lot more from this very talented group of singers.
a beautifully produced, wide range of musical pieces which are extremely enjoyable and relaxing to listen to. the harmonies and clarity of singing are exceptional and voces 8 generate an extraodinarily moving atmosphere.