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'Winter': Alexander/Wilson Come Wander with Me

Magazine article Gramophone

'Winter': Alexander/Wilson Come Wander with Me

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'Winter' Alexander/Wilson Come wander with me Arnalds/Arnarson For now I am winter Bingham The darkness is no darkness R Dale Winter Gjeilo In the bleak midwinter Part Nunc dimittis Pott Balulalow Rachmaninov Nunc dimittis Sandstrom Es ist ein Ros entsprungen Traditional The snow it melts the soonest Vasks The Fruit of Silence. Plainscapes Voces8 with Mari Samuelsen vn Benjamin Roskams va Hakon Samuelsen. Stephanie Oade vcs Eleanor Turner hp Huw Watkins pf/celesta Decca (F) 483 0968DH (65' * DDD)

Since its foundation in 2005 the British ensemble Voces8 has drawn glowing plaudits for the impeccable quality of its balance and tone, the versatility of its programming and its far-reaching educational workshops. In addition to a busy international touring schedule there is now a third 'themed' album for Decca, billed as 'a powerful aural portrait of winter ... an immersive sonic landscape'. Naturally the composers hail predominantly from northern latitudes, including Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Russia and England.

The centrepiece is a stunning performance of Peteris Vasks's Plainscapes, three wordless linked movements, composed in 2002, and infused with a strong Partian flavour, with important roles for violin and cello, played here with tremendous verve by Norwegian siblings Mari and Hakon Samuelsen. …

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