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Eventide - Choral works for reflection, peace and comfort by Bruckner, Jenkins, Britten, Mealor, Tallis, Whitacre plus contemporary & traditional works / Voces8

Performers Ensemble

Notes & Reviews:

Voces8 make an extraordinary debut on Decca with Eventide. Eight young singers forming one perfect sound add a contemporary edge in stunning original arrangements from plainchant to Paul Mealor and from Saving Private Ryan to Emeli Sandé.

Eventide has wide-ranging appeal for a mass market. The album evokes the magical space between day and night, a time for unwinding, for finding the calm and solace we all seek. Eight perfectly-blended voices interwoven with haunting melodies for solo cello, harp and saxophone provide an immersive sonic experience which will soothe, beguile and inspire.

Evoking the spirit of Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble's chart-topping Officium, one of the most successful classical albums of the 90's, Voces8 and saxophonist Christian Forshaw create their own captivating sound world with arrangements of the ancient Latin hymn Te lucis ante terminum and Tallis's setting of the same text.

The album's rich tracklist embraces everything from medieval plainsong to an uplifting transcription of John Williams's "Hymn to the Fallen" from the Grammy Award®-winning soundtrack to Saving Private Ryan.

Also included are exquisite never-before heard arrangements of Emeli Sandé's "Where I sleep" and Second Eve by rising star Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, as well as Morten Lauridsen's sublime O magnum mysterium and recent scores by Eric Whitacre and Royal Wedding composer Paul Mealor.

The group travel one million miles per year to give concerts and lead workshops all over the world, including war-torn and disaster stricken areas where they provide music as a form of solace.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
Pitch-perfect harmonies, in dreamily sumptuous sonics.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2014
The singing of Voces8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance, and the sopranos preserve the vocal line when necessary by not using strong consonants. They bring a new dimension to the word 'ensemble' with meticulous timing and tuning without a conductor...This is easy listening of the higest calibre, beautifully recorded.


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