Winner: Grammy for Best Classical Producer, Blanton Alspaugh. In their debut recording, the South Dakota Chorale performs the rarely recorded “organ version” of Duruflé’s Requiem, using the French-influenced Bedient organ of First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls, SD.
Path of Miracles by Joby Talbot
Tenebrae (choral ensemble), directed by Nigel Short
The 62-minute a cappella choral work, "Path of Miracles" depicts the journey of medieval pilgrims to Santiago, Spain, resting place of St. James. Extensive use of ostinato patterns, soaring soprano lines, and Tenebrae's incomparible vocal virtuosity make this CD a must-have for anyone who likes contemporary choral music.
One reviewer wrote: "I would go as far to suggest that Talbot’s “Path of Miracles” is to the first decade of the 21st-century what Arvo Pärt’s "Passio" was twenty years earlier." (Classics.com) Another said, "Path of Miracles is little short of a musical miracle itself."
This hybrid super-audio CD (SACD) plays in both a standard CD player, and those equipped for SACD.
Bach's own summary of his craft in vocal composition, the B minor mass is still today considered a towering achievement in the repertoire. Bach Collegium Japan performs with period instruments and a true sense of the essence of Bach's scores. Highly recommended. This is a two disc, SACD Surround recording, which will also play on all CD players.