Upheld by Stillness
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Upheld by Stillness, Renaissance Gems and their Reflections
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|Audio CD, Import, February 19, 2016||
Led by Artistic Director and conductor Suzi Digby, the talented English choral ensemble ORA was founded in 2014. The choir's mission is to showcase 'classic' masterpieces of Renaissance choral music alongside works by contemporary composers. For Upheld by Stillness, the group's harmonia mundi début, ORA asked several composers to write works reflecting on the music of William Byrd, including his Mass for Five Voices. Included here, paired with Byrd's originals, are world première recordings of newly commissioned works by Roxanna Panufnik, Francis Pott, Alexander L'Estrange, Owain Park, Charlotte Bray and Roderick Williams.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.02 x 5.59 x 0.44 inches; 4.16 Ounces
- Manufacturer : HARMONIA MUNDI
- Original Release Date : 2016
- Date First Available : January 7, 2016
- Label : HARMONIA MUNDI
- ASIN : B01AAN6RUI
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #296,432 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Under Suzi Digby's meticulous direction, Ora's singing is of the uttermost highest standards. All is supremely well balanced, allowing every strand in the various textures to register perfectly. Indeed, so good is it that one is reminded of orchestras such as the Lucerne Festival that can produce perfection alongside innate musical expression.
The music is compelling and beautiful. The early masterworks are magnificent, but with so many new works, one might wonder what to expect. All the new music manages to reach into your soul and tug at your heart. It is all so beautiful, yet it does not compromise. Its integrity shines through, and at the end of this hour long journey, one feels the better for it all.
The recording quality is exemplary.
One cannot hear better singing than this, and with such a beautifully prepared and stimulating programme, this disc should enchant and inspire very many.