Winter / Voces8
Alexander, J: Come Wander With Me Arnalds: For Now I Am Winter Bingham, J: The Darkness Is No Darkness Dale, R: Winter Holst: In the Bleak Mid-winter (Cranham) Pärt: Nunc dimittis Pott: Balulalow Praetorius, M: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37: Nyne otpushchayeshi trad.: The Snow It Melts The Soonest Vasks: Plainscapes (Līdzenuma ainavas) for mixed choir (vocalise), violin and cello The Fruits Of Silence
Breaking stereotypical expectations of a seasonal album, Voces8s new release Winter paints a portrait of the season through a sparse and powerful aural landscape, invoking a meditative, inspiring feeling of solitude and union . A contemporary reflection on the serene restfulness of winter. Eight exceptional voices are joined by sibling duo Mari & Hakon Samuelsen (violin & cello) and other guests, taking inspiration from composers from Estonia, Latvia, Norway, Iceland and elsewhere. Includes four world premiere recordings, notably a brand new work Winter, written exclusively for the album by award-winning composer Rebecca Dale. Featuring significant new arrangements of For Now I Am Winter (Olafur Arnalds), Come Wander With Me (Jeff Alexander), and the folk tune The Snow It Melts The Soonest (previously covered by Sting), plus re-imaginings of established melodies such as Praetorius - Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (arr. Jan Sandström) and Holsts In The Bleak Midwinter (arr. Ola Gjeilo) .