Album: Voces8, Choral Tapestry (Signum Classics)
Following their Bach Motets, choral octet Voces8 branch further
afield with A Choral Tapestry, programming devotional material from
across the spectrum.
Thus do they shift from William Byrd's "Vigilate", with its interlocking madrigal lines, and the brisk interweavings of Monteverdi's "Cantate Domino" to the more demotic modern approach of the spiritual "Go Down Moses", arranged by Michael Tippett.
Bruckner's "Os justi" opens matters with a perfect blend of calm contentment and soaring spirit, while Voces8's technical range, taking in as it does blues and jazz, enables them to easily accommodate pieces like the gospel classic "Steal Away", and moving further into the modern age, John Tavener's setting of William Blake.
Download this: Os justi; Vigilate; Cantate Domino; The Lamb
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