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As a longtime choral singer, I consider Barber's works among the most challenging I have ever encountered. The Ormond College Choir meets the challenge flawlessly in this recording, and Barber's unique genius shimmers through the transparent purity of the voices. Intonation and balance are (except for a slight shrillness on parts of the Easter Chorale) uniformly excellent. The familiar 'Adagio' setting of the Agnus Dei is an old favorite of mine, but 'Sure on this shining night' has become a new one.more....
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By John Worcester
When I first previewed this CD while driving, I hadn’t checked who was actually singing. I was impressed with the choir and stopped the car to read the label properly: I was delighted to find it was Melbourne’s Ormond College Choir! I was surprised to find them performing in the “American Classics” series; an interesting choice by Naxos…but it obviously a real tribute to the choir’s founder and director since 1982, Douglas Lawrence, that the choir performs so well and so consistently…Michael Easton provided excellent notes and commentary on each item…The Choir Ormond College does splendid work on all tracks.
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BARBER: Choral Music