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This arrived today and went straight into the CD player. I would have like to been able to sit back and just listen to the music, but that was not quite what happened. My wife came back with the shopping, a parcel of tea arrived from China and the cat was demanding to be fed, the flurry however was soon over and done with..... Meanwhile floating through the room was the beautiful voices of Voces8, and once all was quiet the magic began.
How do I describe it? If you get a tingle from hearing Allegri's Misere, and that wonder full boy soprano's voice sailing high above all the choir, and get goosebumps? Then you will know how this record affects me. Six men and two women form Voces8 and meld (pretty much) seamlessly into a harmonious whole. I suppose, that if you were picky, you could dismiss the record as 'not being true classical or serious' music, and you might be right, but you would be missing out. There is something almost angelic in the music, something which is serene and calming - I'm sure it lowers my blood pressure, the Hymn to the Fallen brings me near to tears. There are glorious song by Carl Jenkins, Patrick Hawes and Bruckner. Go to Amazon's samples and listen. Those samples are a prelude to hearing the whole glorious disc.
We listen in the compilation to the expressive medium of the human (male and female) voice at its best and finest in chorals with single instrument (saxophone, cello, or harp) accompaniment, capturing magically the tranquil evening sounds. The impact on us is fascinating, inspiring and soothing.
While the theme is tranquility, each piece has its own character and we are spellbound by the beauty, richness, variety, depth and range of the perfectly blended voices of the exemplary choir.
Came across this by chance whilst looking for another choral recording and very glad I bought it. Stunning music. Not so impressed with the inlay leaflet (a folded sheet) - extremely artistic and informative but not as easy to read as a conventional inlay booklet. A minor niggle though and does not detract from what really matters i.e the music.
Having all their discs to date and this latest release is the best so far. It's so nice to here a group who can consistently sing at such a high level no matter what the material. The recorded sound is not bad either, well done all. More, more please. Highly recommended
Ideal stress busting music and beautiful choral harmony. First heard on Classic FM and bought the album immediately. I partly agree with the reviewer who said that the higher voices are sometimes a bit overpowering but often find that this is the case in choral recordings. Love the versions of Hymn for the Fallen and the Seal Lullaby. Highly recommended.
Impeccable singing, wondrous mix of old and new, love the soprano sax in some of the pieces. Shades of Officium. Some of my favourite choral pieces faultlessly and sympathetically performed. I'm playing this over and over. I very much enjoy all the pieces, but Eric Whitacre's Seal Lullaby has to be the star for me. I recommend this disc without reservation.
As with most of my discoveries, heard a piece from this CD on the radio and decided to purchase. Have not been disappointed. Purchased from Amazon with excellent price as usual, it is a wonderful CD, versatile with beautiful harmonies. Have been playing non-stop since purchase, Highly recommended.