Many are the Wonders: Renaissance gems and their reflections Vol.2 - Tallis | Harmonia Mundi HMM905284

Many are the Wonders: Renaissance gems and their reflections Vol.2 - Tallis

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM905284

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 23rd June 2017

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Launched at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, and with an appearance on In Tune, earlier in 2017, ORA's third album for Harmonia Mundi pays tribute to the particular golden age of Thomas Tallis.

“The opening years of the 21st century can justifiably lay claim to being a new golden age for choral music. I wanted to embark on a series of recordings to reflect this and to showcase some of today’s best contemporary composers, placing their works in direct relief with masterpieces from previous ages. This recording, the second in our ‘Renaissance gems and their reflections’ series, looks at the music of Thomas Tallis, and we are delighted to have commissioned a number of talented composers to offer their personal reflections on his works. I hope that these new pieces, like Tallis’ originals, will find their way into the repertoire of other vocal groups, delighting audiences both now and in the future.” - Suzi Digby OBE

“The choir were on stunning form throughout, and constantly impressed with the sense of control and power. Ora has now developed a very clear sense of identity, and Suzi Digby gets a powerfully focused performance from her singers. Ora's commissioning project remains a striking example of confidence in the contemporary composers, and I would certainly love to hear the new works again”
- PlanetHugill.com 2/2/2017

“a beautiful performance of Allegri’s masterpiece, with a strongly devotional atmosphere to it. Suzi Digby’s tempo gives the music space to resonate, the engineers find an evocatively distanced acoustic in which to set the solo quartet, and the ORA singers’ thoughtful, introspective phrasing distils a sense of spirituality difficult to communicate on record” - BBC Music Magazine, February 2017 **** (HMW906103 Refuge from the Flames)

“some of the UK’s finest consort singers, sitting to my ears somewhere between The Sixteen and Tenebrae… The melancholy severity of Byrd’s original is beautifully measured, ORA supplying some of the flexibility and relish for the unfolding harmonies I sometimes miss from The Sixteen’s recording … I’ll be listening eagerly to see if volume 2 is done with such a sure touch.” - BBC Radio 3 CD Review, 13 February 2016 (HMW906102 Upheld by Stillness)

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