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Ikon: Music for the Spirit & Soul

Ikon: Music for the Spirit & Soul

by The Sixteen
     
 
Ikon by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen is a marvelous offering of sacred choral gems, the group's second collection on Decca following the successful 2005 release Renaissance: Music for Inner Peace. A perfect disc to introduce this well-established vocal ensemble to newcomers, Ikon consists of 16 works that are evenly matched in their sublime

Overview

Ikon by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen is a marvelous offering of sacred choral gems, the group's second collection on Decca following the successful 2005 release Renaissance: Music for Inner Peace. A perfect disc to introduce this well-established vocal ensemble to newcomers, Ikon consists of 16 works that are evenly matched in their sublime moods and understated delivery; listeners who might enjoy an hour-long disc of uninterrupted "chill-out" bliss are likely to find it here, while others who relish gorgeous tone quality and rich divisi harmonies will be delighted with the warm, resonant performances. The Sixteen's specialty is a cappellachoral music, particularly of a meditative nature, and most of the selections run true to form; only Arvo Pärt's "De Profundis for male chorus, percussion, and organ" and James MacMillan's "A Child's Prayer" and "A New Song," both for mixed choir and organ, diverge from the norm, though their accompaniments are muted and do not break the album's quiet, reflective character. The program is weighted in favor of works in the Russian Orthodox choral tradition -- Rachmaninov's and Chesnokov's hymns are most representative, while the compositions by Tavener, Kalinnikov, and Stravinsky are more imitative -- so a full appreciation of the album may depend on some acquaintance with this vein of choral music. But Christophers has elicited moving performances from his singers and made each work come across with deep sincerity, so this album is accessible to anyone with a soul. For the most part, Decca's sound is excellent, though the soft antiphonal passages in Tavener's "Exhortation" may be heard most clearly on headphones.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Barry Witherden
Even the most familiar works come up fresh, radiant and dazzlingly beautiful.... This rich collection demonstrates yet again the superb quality of this justly celebrated choir.
BBC Music Magazine - William Whitehead
A dark gold Orthodox light permeates all the performances.... 70 minutes of tranquil, wistful beauty.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0028947631606
catalogNumber:
5036220

Tracks

  1. Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37: Rejoice, O Virgin (Bogoroditse Devo)
  2. Song for Athene, for chorus
  3. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31: We Hymn Thee (Tebe poyem)
  4. Exhortation and Kohima, for chorus
  5. De Profundis, for male chorus, percussion & organ
  6. A Child's Prayer, for treble, chorus & organ
  7. Lord, Now Lettest Thou' Thy Servant Depart
  8. A New Song, for chorus & organ
  9. The Woman with the Alabaster Box, for chorus
  10. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31: The Cherubic Hymn (Izhe kheruvimi)
  11. Pater Noster, for chorus
  12. Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Psalm 120)
  13. Ave Maria, for chorus a cappella (after Bogoroditse D'vo)
  14. Vesper Mass, Op 44: We Hymn Thee (Tebe poyem)
  15. Magnificat Antiphones (7), for chorus: O Weisheit
  16. Nunc Dimittis, for chorus, H. 127

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Performance Credits

Sixteen   Primary Artist

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