Welcome to The Sixteen’s 40th anniversary album. Can it really be 40 years since a fledgling group of singers gave their first concert in May 1979? To celebrate this milestone, we have chosen 40 tracks which have defined this acclaimed ensemble over the last four decades and which display its incredible versatility, as well as the sheer range of music and styles it has covered. Featuring music from the last 600 years and with personal recommendations from The Sixteen’s members both past and present, as well as the longest-serving members of the administrative team, this beautifully packaged album promises to be the must-have collection for all fans of choral music. “Forty years on, The Sixteen’s supple, fastidiously nuanced soundworldRead more continues to serve ‘ancient’ and ‘modern’ with aplomb.” (BBC Music Magazine)
Sample, for example, composer Morten Lauridsen's O magnum mysterium, which not that many British choirs have attempted; it shows how effective The Sixteen can be in their expanding sweet spot, with a blend that is seamless yet not exclusive of a bit of good old British sentimentality. The bottom line is that if you're new to The Sixteen, this could make a fine sampler of their work, and that's exactly what it's intended to be.