Notes & Reviews:
The world renowned Westminster Choir College's Williamson Voices presents this new release with music from some of the greatest choral composers of all time, including Britten, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Part, and Whitacre. The sound worlds which are explored in this release are colorful, vivid, and contrasting. Britten's "Jubilate Deo" is joyful and shimmering, Mendelssohn's "Veni Domine" adds a unique texture as a work for women's choir, and the "Kyrie" from Tomas Luis de Victoria's 1604 Requiem casts an enchanting and timeless glow over the listener. The music chosen for this program has a common thread, and that is the ability to tear a hole into our spiritual core and provide a deeper understanding of life and living. The Westminster Williamson Voices is conducted by James Jordan, and was described by Gramophone magazine as an ensemble of "intimate and forceful choral artistry," with a tone that is "controlled and silken in sustained phrases as they are vibrantly sonorous in extroverted material."