Notes & Reviews:
The composer Arvo Pärt has succeeded in capturing the attention of a broad public through his consummate ability to weave a sense of inevitable power into music of fundamental simplicity. This mid-priced reissue features some of the most spiritually uplifting music of our generation, sung by that most virtuosic of choirs, Polyphony.
American Record Guide
Polyphony’s singing is immensely cultivated; bright, clear, immaculately phrased, and gorgeously balanced.
BBC Music Magazine
Pärt’s music remains an object of unstinting wonder.
Outstandingly good on each front: clarity, balance, intonation, timbre, dynamic and textural control and, perhaps most important of all, feeling.
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Brahms, Bruckner, Mendelssohn & Schumann: Music for Brass Septet / Septura
Alan Hovhaness: Symphonies Nos. 7, 14, 23
Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est / Westminster Cathedral Choir; Baker
J.S. Bach: The Six Motets / The Sixteen, Christophers
William Wallace: Creation Symphony; Pelléas and Mélisande; Prelude to The Eumenides / Brabbins, BBC Scottish SO
Hindemith: Organ Sonatas Nos. 1-3; Eleven Interludes from Ludus Tonalis; Two Organ Pieces / Kirsten Sturm, Rottenburg Cathedral Organ
M.A. Charpentier à la Chapelle Royale de Versailles - Canticum ad Beatam Virginem Mariam, Missa Assumpta est Maria, Motets, Concert for viols in 4 parts / Montserrat Figueras et al.
Cecil Coles (1888-1918): Comedy of Errors overture; Fra Giacomo; Scherzo; Four Verlaine Songs; From the Scottish Highlands; Behind the Lines / BBC Scottish SO, Martyn Brabbins, Sarah Fox (sop), Paul Whelan (bar)
Charles Stanford (1852-1924): String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Horn Fantasy / RTE Vanbrugh Quartet, Stephen Stirling (horn)