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Norwegian Ola Gleilo (b.1978) lives in New York since studying at Juilliard and his tonal language synthesises the textures and soundworld of Americans Manz, Lauridsen and Whitacre, and nods towards Rutter too. The 27 professional voices of Arizona-based Phoenix Chorale under Charles Bruffy paint limpid washes of sound with polished intonation, ensemble and balance. The music draws on sacred texts, some ubiquitous, others novel, and, save a couple of moderately-paced pieces, all the tracks are slow and meditative. Listeners and choirs wanting more of this ‘brand’ of choral music and will find plenty here, delivered with fine engineering and full sleeve notes.

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