- Audio CD (July 12 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Audiobook
- Label: Sony Music
- ASIN: B005145WGM
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Beyond all mortal dreams American a cappella Audiobook
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Recently named in Gramophone as the 'fifth best choir in the world', Stephen Layton and his acclaimed Trinity College Choir perform a stunning disc of American a cappella choral works.The recording is a showcase of little-known American composers unearthed by Layton during his travels. These distinctive and luminous compositions illustrate the context in which better-known composers such as Lauridsen and Whitacre - already championed by Layton - learnt their craft.The choir is in perfect voice. Their purity of tone, flawless intonation and depth of feeling are truly exceptional. This wonderful disc is a must for all choral fanatics.
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As in the albums "Baltic Exchange" and "Passion and Resurrection"(composer-Esenvalds), Conductor Stephen Layton demonstrates that he is the go-to man for results in this type of music. The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge (Polyphony, in the Esenvalds) serves up nothing but passion, beauty, and refinement in these well-engineered recordings. In my opinion, Layton provides an extra helping of emotion and vibrancy in his performances compared with the excellent and appreciated, but sometimes "stiff upper lip" efforts of the Royal Holloway Choir under conductor Rupert Gough.
Finally, a quick note about Amazon. This CD was apparently lost in the mail during the first shipment. I was very patient, giving it about 15 days since it was the holiday season. Finally I contacted Amazon by e-mail, asking how I should proceed. Within 20 minutes, I received a return e-mail reporting that the item had been lost in shipment and that they were immediately mailing it again by overnight delivery - for no charge of course. Sure enough, it arrived the next morning via UPS overnight. I was impressed. I suspect they would have taken the same action even in the absence of my patience.