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Winter / Voces8


Release Date: 10/21/2016 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002573602   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Olafur ArnaldsMichael PraetoriusRebecca DaleFrancis Pott,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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.

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REVIEW:

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 smooth
Read 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.

– Gramophone (12/2016) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
For Now I Am Winter by Olafur Arnalds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
2.
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
3.
Winter by Rebecca Dale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United Kingdom 
4.
Balulalow by Francis Pott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2009 
5.
Nunc dimittis by Arvo Pärt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; Germany 
6.
Lidzenuma ainavas by Peteris Vasks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
Written: Latvia 
7.
Come Wander with Me by Jeff Alexander
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
8.
In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
9.
The Fruit of Silence by Peteris Vasks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Latvia 
10.
Vespers, Op. 37: no 5, Now lettest thou thy servant by Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Russia 
11.
The darkness is no darkness by Judith Bingham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
12.
The Snow It Melts The Soonest by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8

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