West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir - Songs Of Earth, Echoes Of Heaven

Thursday 1st August 1996
West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir - Songs Of Earth, Echoes Of Heaven

STYLE: Choral
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Infant King

Reviewed by Tony May

Another wonderful feast of all that's thrilling about great choral music from this 31-voice Canadian choir. The balance, richness and purity of the soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections is superb, the all round sound a model of the ability of human voices to Blend in beautiful harmony. Speaking personally, hearing a chorale like this raising their hearts and voices in worship is far more inspiring than your average pop praise session. The programme includes lovely versions of spirituals of the "My Lord What A Morning" variety, songs from Russian, Welsh, Scottish, Israeli and French sources and the "Songs Of Earth" section has heartfelt songs such as "My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose", "Shenandoah" and the plaintive "Four Strong Winds". Guest soloist, tenor Ben Heppner who has sung at La Scala, Covent Garden and The Metropolitan Opera is the icing on a very rich cake. Highly recommended, a recording to treasure all your life.

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