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23 January 2009
Listening Diary: a cappella: Robert Shaw
There isn't much to quibble with on this very fine 2005 Telarc release, a compilation of Shaw's best choral recordings. I am sure there are those who might say it bogs down a little around track 12, but I'm not complaining. The traditional tunes included here (arranged by Shaw) give me a chance to get up and go to the bathroom or get a cup of tea. Maybe it's the Catholic in me but I've really always loved the Counter-Reformation music of Victoria. While his music isn't always as transcendentally beautiful as Palestrina's, he certainly got in the spirit of saving the pope in a particular Spanish fashion. His O vos omnes is track 1 and sets the tone for this gorgeously sung disc, which also includes fine choral settings by Brahms, Debussy, Britten and others (Arvo Part's Magnificat is also stunningly sublime). If it slipped under your radar it is certainly worth picking up.
Label: Telarc Catalog No: TLC 80656 New Release: No Previous Release: No Domestic/Import: Domestic Format: CD