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Currently there are many excellent vocal groups who stand out above the rest and create their own identity and individuality; among them are VOCES8, who have achieved this with inventive programming and the clarity and quality of the singers. For their latest album, Winter, imagine the northern hemisphere covered in snow and ice, the undressed trees revealing their strange shapes: this is the landscape which has inspired Peteris Vasks, Ólafur Arnalds, Arvo Pärt, Jan Sandström and Ola Gjeilo. VOCES8 and the composers create a sonic landscape where words merge into an overall picture of sound created by voices and delicate instrumental touches – all concentration is on the quality of the sound, and it is incredibly beautiful. Vasks’ Plainscapes is the starting-point for this very individual programme, with reimaginings of Praetorius and Holst, new arrangements, the inventive commission Winter by Rebecca Dale, and so much more. This disc is a masterpiece in creative invention.

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