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The choral music of Danish composer Bent Sørensen (b.1958), sacred and secular, is full of atmosphere and colour. This CD offers an attractive programme of his work centred on Snowbells (2009-10), a 25-minute piece that was originally conceived as the audio accompaniment to an art installation in which an area of summer-green forest was partly transformed into a snow-white winter forest. Composed for five voices and the recorded sound of eight different sets of church bells, it is music of and for the landscape, utilising a poem by the 19th-century Danish writer Steensen Blicher. (The disc includes Sørensen’s folk-like treatment of the same text for solo voice – The Snowbell.) Hillier and the members of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble are completely inside this mesmerising piece, as they are in the remainder of this fine disc. Sørensen must count himself fortunate to have these musicians as his interpreters. An outstanding disc.

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