Voces8 – Infinity (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Voces8 – Infinity (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:09:10 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

The world-leading choral ensemble blazes a trail with brand new repertoire for voices with their transportive and meditative new album. It transcends genres and embraces renowned composers of alternative, film and contemporary classical music. Mesmerising instrumental and electronic tracks are presented in new choral arrangements, including five brand new works with spine-tingling choral sounds with otherworldly strings and bowed vibraphones.

This new project by the exceptional British acappella octet Voces8, founded in 2005, follows on from After Silence, released in July 2020 on their own label (Voces8 Records). Over more than two beautifully conceived hours, this record combined some great classic vocal repertoire with a few more contemporary numbers – a whirlwind of emotions, both in terms of the quality of the performances and the diversity and combination of the selected repertoires.

In this space-inspired album, Infinity, the vocal quality itself remains dazzling: precision of intonation, meticulous respect for harmonic intervals, pleasant frictions, supremely elegant singing and grandiose choral space. In short, this is cosmically magnificent choral singing. In this respect, the sumptuous In the Shining Blackness by the very young London composer Benjamin Rimmer, born in 1993, is a lovely discovery. The whole programme has a uniquely soaring, uniformly post-ambient minimalist character, from Sophie Hutchings’ By Night to Nainita Desai’s My Mind Is Still to Johann J’ohannsson’s more accessible A Pile of Dust, Ola Gjeilo’s Still or Stephen Barton’s The Universe Within You – the addition of various instruments, from ethereal strings to bowed vibraphones, harps or a sample of the Sputnik satellite signal, all enhance our listening pleasure. – Pierre-Yves Lascar

1. Voces8 – Hutchings: By Night (Arr. Lawson)
2. Voces8 – Slow Meadow: Helium Life Jacket (Arr. Lawson)
3. Voces8 – Hopkins: Scene Suspended (Arr. Lawson)
4. Voces8 – Heyr himna smidur
5. Voces8 – J’ohannsson: A Pile of Dust (Arr. Rimmer)
6. Voces8 – Owens, Plano: Find Our Way (Arr. Clements)
7. ‘Olafur Arnalds – momentary (choir version)
8. Voces8 – Lovett: Infinity (Arr. Lawson)
9. Voces8 – Rimmer: In the Shining Blackness
10. Voces8 – Gjeilo: Still (Arr. Lawson)
11. Voces8 – Barton: The Universe Within You
12. Voces8 – Desai: My Mind is Still (Arr. Lawson)
13. Voces8 – Gudnad’ottir: Ascent (Arr. Ames)
14. Voces8 – O’Halloran: Atomos XI (Arr. Lawson)
15. Voces8 – Howard: There Is a Solitude
16. Voces8 – Sibelius: This Is My Song (Finlandia) (Arr. Morgan)