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Enjoyably split personality
Like the better-known Kings Singers, Calmus Ensemble was founded by former members of a famous choir school (in Leipzig) and, like the British group, sings unaccompanied classical pieces and pop arrangements, one voice to a part. (The highest voice here is a woman rather than a sopranist, although each group uses male altos.) Rather than focus on one genre or the other on their newest album, Calmus alternates both, with wordless “interludes” to keep them separated. The madrigals and part-songs are done as originally written, while the pop and jazz numbers get fresh arrangements, some by members of the group. (Freddie Mercury’s rather mawkish ballad “Love of my life” becomes a whole new piece!). The split works pretty well, the only mild misfire being a song from one of the Monty Python movies, which isn’t so funny without the context and the visuals--and doesn’t fit the “touched” theme very well, either. The singers’ English is excellent, and virtually accent-free; they make a clean sound, with little vibrato. Texts are provided, but only in the original language and German.more....
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