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Voca Music - STING / PURCELL, H. / COHEN, L. / JACKSON, M. / BANCHIERI, A. / MERCURY, F. (Touched) (Calmus Ensemble)

Voca Music - STING / PURCELL, H. / COHEN, L. / JACKSON, M. / BANCHIERI, A. / MERCURY, F. (Touched) (Calmus Ensemble)

Artist(s) Calmus Ensemble, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)ContemporaryRenaissance (1400-1600)
Genre Classical Music
Category Film and TV Music • Opera • Vocal Ensemble
Catalogue Carus83.379
Label Carus
Quality   320kbps
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Enjoyably split personality
Review By JD88992,September 2013

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 more....


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