Britten • Rutter

Album title:
Britten • Rutter
Composer(s):
Benjamin Britten; John Rutter
Works:
A Ceremony of Carols; Dancing Day
Performer:
Elisabet Waage (harp); Graduale Nobili/Jón Stefánsson
Label:
Smekkleysa
Catalogue Number:
SMC19
Performance:
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Recording:
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Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine
Britten • Rutter

 

Graduale Nobili is a 24-voice choir of young women (aged 17 to 24) from Iceland, whose recent activities include a collaboration with the singer-songwriter Björk. Crystalline pure tone and fluid phrasing characterise the choir’s singing, and make for an atmospheric if slightly too well-mannered performance of Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Rutter’s cycle Dancing Day makes for a surprisingly effective coupling, and both works benefit from the exquisitely sensitive harp accompaniments of Elísabet Waage. Outstanding recorded sound enhances this enticing package.

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