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Cour: Blessed Are They That Dwell in Thy House

Magazine article Gramophone

Cour: Blessed Are They That Dwell in Thy House

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Cour

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house.

Cantio Mariae. A good shepherd is my saviour.

The great master is coming. Three Intermezzi.

Vesper Organi. Wings

Trinitatis Kantori / Saren Christian Vestergaard

with Bine Bryndorf org

Dacapo [F] 8 224725 (63' * DDD)

Listening to this disc gives you the impression that Niels la Cour is a composer who writes with an earnest sincerity, which lies midway between the objective crafting of harmony and counterpoint and subjective poetic fervour. The result is highly approachable music, which is always user-friendly to performers and listeners. La Cour's harmonic language is basically tonal but with hints of the sensual richness of composers such as Herbert Howells.

The clarity of la Cour's choral textures is well conveyed by Trinitatis Kantori, and their conductor Soren Christian Vestergaard directs performances of dignity and restraint. The legato phrasing, combined with the warmth of the adult voices, makes for comfortable listening. For me, the best of the choral works is the expressive Cantio Mariae, particularly the moving 'Stabat mater'. …

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