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Wow! They're good!
I don't know whether this is The Sixteen's first venture into this oeuvre, although I'm feeling sure that they must have recorded the Barber Agnus Dei before. They are just excellent.
The Irving Fine pieces were all new to me and they were a revelation, but I suspect that this is more than a little enhanced by the superb singing - minimum vibrato - virtually no individual voices within a part, even in the sopranos!
I mainly bought this recording for the Bernstein Lark excerpts. Again sung quite perfectly. And so it went on, the Copland motets and the Barber reincarnations, all sung with such precision. And then they kept possibly the best to last. The Acrostic song from Del Tredici's opera Final Alice. Copland supposedly said of him "a rare find among composers — a creator with a truly original gift." The solo soprano dissolved back into her fellow sopranos in the choral episodes. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
Will I fail to mention the Steve Reich clapping song? One could almost hear the punching of the air when they got it finished correctly.
Rarely have I written a review so dedicated to the performers but this is such an outstanding production and direction I suspect it may become one of those "must-have" recordings almost regardless of the music. Bizarre perhaps, but there you are. Just get it!more....
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