Eventide

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Eric Whitacre, Paul Mealor, Thomas Tallis, Patrick Hawes, Ola Gjeilo, Karl Jenkins, Franz Biebl, John (Towner) Williams, Benjamin Britten, Kate Rusby, Anonymous, Anton Bruckner, Traditional, Khan/Sandé, Morten Lauridsen

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Decca

Media Format: CD or Download

Media Runtime: 65

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: 478 5703DH

478 5703DH. Eventide

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Te lucis ante terminum Anonymous, Composer
Anonymous, Composer
Voces8
Ave Maria Franz Biebl, Composer
Franz Biebl, Composer
Voces8
Corpus Christi carol Benjamin Britten, Composer
Benjamin Britten, Composer
Voces8
Os justi Anton Bruckner, Composer
Anton Bruckner, Composer
Voces8
Second Eve Ola Gjeilo, Composer
Ola Gjeilo, Composer
Voces8
Quanta Qualia Patrick Hawes, Composer
Patrick Hawes, Composer
Voces8
Reflexionem Patrick Hawes, Composer
Patrick Hawes, Composer
Voces8
Benedictus Karl Jenkins, Composer
Karl Jenkins, Composer
Voces8
O Magnum Mysterium Morten Lauridsen, Composer
Morten Lauridsen, Composer
Voces8
Locus iste Paul Mealor, Composer
Paul Mealor, Composer
Voces8
Underneath the Stars Kate Rusby, Composer
Kate Rusby, Composer
Voces8
Where I sleep Khan/Sandé, Composer
Khan/Sandé, Composer
Voces8
Te lucis ante terminum I Thomas Tallis, Composer
Thomas Tallis, Composer
Voces8
Steal Away Traditional, Composer
Traditional, Composer
Voces8
(The) Seal Lullaby Eric Whitacre, Composer
Eric Whitacre, Composer
Voces8
Saving Private Ryan, Movement: Hymn to the Fallen John (Towner) Williams, Composer
John (Towner) Williams, Composer
Voces8
The lasting impression that lingers on from this disc is of a perfect blending of eight voices to complement an imaginatively chosen programme. The singing of Voces8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance, and the sopranos preserve the vocal line when necessary by not using strong consonants. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning without a conductor. Instrumental strands weave into the choral texture seamlessly and thoughtfully. The cello takes the sound of the trumpet in Steal away, the harp accompanies the slumber song of the ‘slow swinging seas’ in Kipling’s poem ‘The Seal Lullaby’, set to music by Whitacre, and the saxophone sings the eloquent main tune in Quanta qualia by Patrick Hawes. It’s a revelation to hear such an intimate take on Bruckner’s Os justi and Voces8 seem totally at ease with the contemporary ‘Where I sleep’ and ‘Underneath the stars’. Further contrasts are offered by the ecclesiastically scented Second Eve and the vocalise ‘Hymn to the Fallen’ from Saving Private Ryan. This is easy listening of the highest calibre, beautifully recorded.

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