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Classical - Released December 24, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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Héhé, voilà une idée qu’elle est bonne [Hehe, here's a good idea], as the much-missed Michel Colucci would say. Instead of piling on pounds eating tasteless chocolates, opening a little cardboard window on an Advent calendar decorated with sickly-sweet drawings, why not open every day from the start of Advent with the a little choral piece? This good idea originates with the excellent British choir ORA, directed by Suzi Digby: twenty-four a capella pieces, almost all of which come from the recent British repertoire, and of which two have been made for (and by) the ensemble. ORA is one of those brilliant choirs from the English speaking world, with 24 high-quality voices, whose aim is to revive, after a fashion, the Renaissance passion for contemporary choral music by the likes of Byrd or Tallis... Hence their modern programmes - contemporary, note, but very much removed from the production-line atonal avant-garde output of the 1970s and 1980s. They work with a list of great British choral composers like Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Holst, Parry, Stanford Berkeley, Finzi, or, more recent still, stars like Rutter or Tavener whose language sometimes approaches jazz or Gospel. © SM/Qobuz
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released February 12, 2016 | harmonia mundi

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For their first recording for harmonia mundi UK new signing ORA have chosen to focus on that towering figure of the English music scene, William Byrd. As Suzi Digby says in her introduction: "Starting the recording with an original Renaissance reflection, Byrd’s pairing of his own music to Da Monte’s setting of verses from Psalm 137 – one of the most remarkable exchanges in musical history - we centre on his peerless Mass for Five Voices. We then asked Roxanna Panufnik, Francis Pott, Alexander L’Estrange, Owain Park and Charlotte Bray to set their own reactions to the individual movements and we are delighted with the varied responses we got - showing the universality of Byrd’s sacred music and its relevance to today’s musicians. We imposed no restrictions, other than length, on our chosen composers in order to gain their truest reactions. The recording closes with possibly Byrd’s most famous work, his setting of the text of Ave Verum Corpus, and we asked the multi-talented musician Roderick Williams to write a setting on the same text. I am so grateful to him, and to all the composers of these wonderful new works, and hope you will be equally entertained and enlightened." (Susi Digby)
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Classical - Released March 8, 2019 | harmonia mundi

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Many collections of choral music have taken a specific liturgical event, text, or biblical theme for a subject, but the choice of the "Song of Songs" here, by the hot new British choir the ORA Singers, is apparently unique. This is a bit odd in that composers have been attracted since the early Renaissance by these allegorical sexual texts, which are packaged here with an elegant commentary by the Rev. Tim Harling. Better late than never, however, and you couldn't ask for a richer reading than the one here. The ORA Singers follow the programming concept they have offered on other albums, with Renaissance works combined with contemporary a cappella pieces, but each of those categories contains unusual items. The Renaissance pieces feature some unusual composers; fans of lounge music may be disappointed that Juan Esquivel, the composer of Surge propera amica mea, is a Spanish Renaissance composer, not the Mexican lounge music figure, but this transparent piece is one of the most entrancing of the whole set. Suzi Digby establishes an attractive contrast between the denser Renaissance pieces from the Low Countries and the limpid works of Victoria and Palestrina from the Counter Reformation. The contemporary works likewise gets a strong connection from the performers. Several were written for the choir specifically, and not all are English. Jonathan Dove's Vadam et circuibo civitatem, with its rich female vocal writing, seems tailor-made for this project. The sound environment of the All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, combines well with the sensuous sound of this choir for an unusually satisfying a cappella release. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 23, 2016 | harmonia mundi

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