COMPOSERS: Tavener/Part/Gorecki
LABELS: Proudsound
WORKS: Sacred Choral Music
PERFORMER: Oxford Pro Musica Singers/Michael Smedley
CATALOGUE NO: PROU CD 136 DDD (distr. Gamut)
This is a valuable overview of ‘Faith Minimalism’, with new pieces by Tavener set in the context of Pärt’s Summa reworked as a creed setting, and Górecki’s majestic anthem Totus tuus. Tavener’s Ikon of the Nativity and The Acclamation continue his timeless blend of the ritual and the personal. In contrast, the sensuous harmony of The Lord’s Prayer moves closer to the English tradition. Raw, spacious performances, strong on presence. Nicholas Williams