Conjuring up a pristine, snow-covered landscape through an immersive choral sound, Voces8’s new album Winter captures the serene beauty of the season. Winter features pieces by composers from northern climes, including Arvo Pärt’s “Nunc Dimittis,” arrangements of Ólafur Arnalds’ “For Now I Am Winter” and Henry Purcell’s “Cold Song” as well as a world premiere written for the album by the young British composer and recent Decca signing, Rebecca Dale.
The centerpiece of this recording is a stunning performance of Peteris Vask's Plainscapes (2002), three wordless linked movements infused with a strong Partian flavor. The rest of the program is of predominantly slow and smoothRead more music, though all of the greatest interest. The ensemble's composer-in-residence Ola Gjiello offers a radically reharmonized revamp of Holst's In the beak midwinter. But finest of all is Rebecca Dale's specially commissioned title-track, Winter.