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The songs are performed by the Choir of Royal Holloway 12 Ensemble accompanied by Ola Gjeilo on the piano who also performs the solo piano pieces; Gjeilo, a talented composer, has arranged several of the songs lyrics.
The compilation comprise fifteen songs of less than an hour total duration but whatever you miss in time span you over-compensate in quality. From beginning to end, we listen to heavenly choral music with a contemporary feel; music of purity, clarity and beauty, simultaneously soothing and uplifting. The predominantly female voices impact on you with crystalline clarity and transport you to an altogether higher level of spirituality while the piano accompaniment is nothing less than compelling, contributing to the total effect. Gjeilo comes on his own in the solo piano pieces, generally in a measured slow pace, with music of fascinating hues and spare aesthetics but so rich in its impact.
In conclusion, we listen to music of awe inspiring beauty.
What an amazing album from this Norwegian wizard of a composer!! Just stunning, from beautiful minimalist piano tones to sweeping, magically moving choral pieces - this album will remain a firm favourite in my collection. a must-have for watching the snowfall with a lovely cup of hot chocolate :)