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Moving from the Signum label to the major Decca, the British choir Voces8, indeed an octet, breaks into new territory with its debut release for the Lux label. The album, with its vaguely positive theme and its mix of Renaissance, contemporary British and American, and pop selections, is aimed squarely at Britain's substantial crossover market. But it departs from earlier easy-on-the-ears collections in several ways, and it's worth the time of anyone who likes virtuoso choral singing. Voces8 not only takes on the difficult octet vocal blend, they spice things up by using a pair of countertenors on the alto parts (this Lux shares with the group's earlier recordings). The shimmering effects that result are quite impressively controlled and even more significantly beautifully engineered in a pair of locations. Choirs have sung arrangements of the likes of Massive Attack and Ben Folds before, but it's not often that choral singing of this quality has been applied to them. The whole thing is so beautiful that the pieces of music do run the risk of seeming to run together, and an hour of pleasant aural surroundings may be what's on the mind of many buyers. But this release offers something a step above the basics.
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1
Gjeilo: Ubi Caritas
Voces8
00:03:48

Anonymous, Author - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ola Gjeilo, Composer - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

2
Tallis: O Nata Lux
Andrea Haines
00:02:58

Anonymous, Author - Thomas Tallis, Composer - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Christian Forshaw, Arranger, Work Arranger - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

3
Elgar: Nimrod (Lux Aeterna)
Andrea Haines
00:03:52

Edward Elgar, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Cameron, Arranger, Work Arranger - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

4
Teardrop
Voces8
00:04:32

Grantley Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Elizabeth Fraser, ComposerLyricist - Robert Del Naja, ComposerLyricist - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles, ComposerLyricist - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

5
Tavener: Mother Of God, Here I Stand
Chester Music
00:02:51

John Tavener, ComposerLyricist - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Mikhail Jurjewitsch Lermontov, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

6
Allegri: Miserere Mei
Voces8
00:07:06

Anonymous, Author - Gregorio Allegri, Composer - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

7
Ešenvalds: Stars
Andrea Haines
00:04:04

Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eriks Esenvalds, ComposerLyricist - Sara Teasdale, ComposerLyricist - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Recording Producer - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

8
Dubra: Ave Maria 1
Engelhart Doris
00:03:44

Anonymous, Author - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rihards Dubra, Composer - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

9
Hawes: Prayer To A Guardian Angel
Matthew Sharp
00:02:57

Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Sharp, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Hawes, Composer - Andrew Hawes, Author - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Recording Producer - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

Vespers, op. 37 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

10
VI. Bogoroditse Devo
Andrea Haines
00:03:07

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Anonymous, Author - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

11
Lauridsen: O Nata Lux
Christian Forshaw
00:04:27

Morten Lauridsen, ComposerLyricist - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Forshaw, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

12
Ben Folds: The Luckiest
Voces8
00:05:05

Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Clements, Arranger, Work Arranger - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Benjamin Scott Folds, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

13
Anonymous: Corde Natus Ex Parentis
Voces8
00:03:57

Anonymous, Composer - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, Author - Christian Forshaw, Arranger, Saxophone, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

14
Todd: My Lord Has Come
Andrea Haines
00:03:37

Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Todd, ComposerLyricist - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

15
Mealor: Ubi Caritas
Voces8
00:03:48

Anonymous, Author - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Mealor, Composer - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

16
Forshaw: In Paradisum
Voces8
00:03:59

Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Peacock, Producer, Recording Producer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Christian Forshaw, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

17
Hawes: Prayer To A Guardian Angel
Novello & Co. Ltd.
00:03:05

Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - David Hinitt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Patrick Hawes, Composer - Andrew Hawes, Author - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Recording Producer - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

18
Sheppard: Libera Nos 1
Christian Forshaw
00:02:52

Nicholas Parker, Producer, Recording Producer - Anonymous, Author - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Mellor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Sheppard, Composer - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Christian Forshaw, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander L'Estrange, Arranger, Work Arranger - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

19
Sheppard: Libera Nos 2
Voces8
00:01:42

Nicholas Parker, Producer, Recording Producer - Anonymous, Author - Paul Smith, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Mellor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Sheppard, Composer - Barnaby Smith, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Voces8, Ensemble, MainArtist - Christian Forshaw, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander L'Estrange, Arranger, Work Arranger - Andrea Haines, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Dressel, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Dingle Yandell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Emily Dickens, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Wardle, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Vincent, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

Moving from the Signum label to the major Decca, the British choir Voces8, indeed an octet, breaks into new territory with its debut release for the Lux label. The album, with its vaguely positive theme and its mix of Renaissance, contemporary British and American, and pop selections, is aimed squarely at Britain's substantial crossover market. But it departs from earlier easy-on-the-ears collections in several ways, and it's worth the time of anyone who likes virtuoso choral singing. Voces8 not only takes on the difficult octet vocal blend, they spice things up by using a pair of countertenors on the alto parts (this Lux shares with the group's earlier recordings). The shimmering effects that result are quite impressively controlled and even more significantly beautifully engineered in a pair of locations. Choirs have sung arrangements of the likes of Massive Attack and Ben Folds before, but it's not often that choral singing of this quality has been applied to them. The whole thing is so beautiful that the pieces of music do run the risk of seeming to run together, and an hour of pleasant aural surroundings may be what's on the mind of many buyers. But this release offers something a step above the basics.
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