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Choral and vocal

This CD has almost all the unaccompanied sacred mixed-choir music Brahms wrote after his mid-20s, plus the earlier fragments of a canonic mass. The 37-member choir performs with excellent dynamics and diction in a resonant space.

This music provides a dramatic Vespers and Matins for an all-night Finnish Orthodox vigil. The text is about the martyring of John the Baptist, and the unaccompanied choir and soloists declaim this with rich harmonies, clusters, slides, and whispers.

This beautifully sung program of unaccompanied church music includes the G minor Mass by Vaughan Williams and shorter motets by Duruflé, Copland, Tavener, Messiaen and Tallis. Norman Mackenzie has directed this and other Atlanta Symphony choruses since Robert Shaw’s death in 1999.

 

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