Christian Ellithorpe from Streamwood, IL United States
Quite possibly the best of many Advent/Christmas choral offerings on Loft OR Gothic, and one of the most unique & moving releases of its kind on ANY label. The opening hymn, is worth the price of the disc alone, with soft organ undertones & calm bells open the piece (by Hallock, I believe), followed by the choir, in perfect, crystaline pitch, who join in one of the most moving twentieth century hymns I've ever heard on CD. This disc's format of meditations, readings & traditional Gregorian chant, along with contemporary hymns is one I continually choose this CD year-round, as an aid for deep reflection. Each of the "O" Antiphons, or Gregorian chants of reflection, (such as "O Stem of Jesse") are sung in traditional chant, followed by a reading, then by a contemporary hymn or anthem, and another reading. Incredibly clear, rich acoustics; & all of the readers have superb diction & expressive, sublime voices. HIGHLY recommended, especially for contemporary choral fans.
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