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ClassicsOnline Home » Choral Concert: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge - ALLEGRI, G. / GRIEG, E. / PART, A. (Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St. John's)
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Although the choir from King's College, Cambridge is probably better known, the Choir of St John's College is equally accomplished. This is one of its first recordings under its new music director, Andrew Nethsingha, and mixes undisputed choral classics with lesser-known works (I had never heard Grieg's lovely "Ave maris stella" before) and fresh contenders for the title.
Wonderful engineering: the second choir in the Allegri "Miserere"--including the boy soprano who fires off the legendary high Cs--is clearly at a distance from the main group, while the tenor soloist in Franck's "Panis angelicus" sounds like he's right there with the other singers, instead of being artificially spot-lit. And somehow every part comes through in an excerpt from Rachmaninoff's Vespers. I only heard this on a CD player, but I bet it's terrific if you have the surround system to play the super audio layer.more....
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