Ikon: Music for the Spirit & Soul

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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.

A dark gold Orthodox light permeates all the performances.... 70 minutes of tranquil, wistful beauty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947631606
  • Catalog Number: 000682502
  • Sales rank: 117,067

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37: Rejoice, O Virgin (Bogoroditse Devo) - Sergey Rachmaninov & Harry Christophers (3:23)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  2. 2 Song for Athene, for chorus - John Tavener & Harry Christophers (6:25)
    Composed byJohn Tavener
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  3. 3 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31: We Hymn Thee (Tebe poyem) - Sergey Rachmaninov & Harry Christophers (2:23)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  4. 4–5 Exhortation and Kohima, for chorus - John Tavener & Harry Christophers (5:19)
    Composed byJohn Tavener
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
    1. 4Exhortation
    2. 5Kohima
  5. 6 De Profundis, for male chorus, percussion & organ - Arvo Pärt & Harry Christophers (6:28)
    Composed byArvo Pärt
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  6. 7 A Child's Prayer, for treble, chorus & organ - James MacMillan & Harry Christophers (4:12)
    Composed byJames MacMillan
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen, Grace Davidson, Elin Manahan Thomas
  7. 8 Lord, Now Lettest Thou' Thy Servant Depart - Viktor Kalinnikov & Harry Christophers (2:55)
    Composed byViktor Kalinnikov
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  8. 9 A New Song, for chorus & organ - James MacMillan & Harry Christophers (5:48)
    Composed byJames MacMillan
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  9. 10 The Woman with the Alabaster Box, for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Harry Christophers (6:11)
    Composed byArvo Pärt
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  10. 11 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31: The Cherubic Hymn (Izhe kheruvimi) - Sergey Rachmaninov & Harry Christophers (5:08)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  11. 12 Pater Noster, for chorus - Igor Stravinsky & Harry Christophers (1:30)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  12. 13 Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Psalm 120) - Pavel Chesnokov & Harry Christophers (2:27)
    Composed byPavel Chesnokov
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  13. 14 Ave Maria, for chorus a cappella (after Bogoroditse D'vo) - Igor Stravinsky & Harry Christophers (2:08)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  14. 15 Vesper Mass, Op 44: We Hymn Thee (Tebe poyem) - Pavel Chesnokov & Harry Christophers (3:08)
    Composed byPavel Chesnokov
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  15. 16 Magnificat Antiphones (7), for chorus: O Weisheit - Arvo Pärt & Harry Christophers (1:49)
    Composed byArvo Pärt
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen
  16. 17 Nunc Dimittis, for chorus, H. 127 - Gustav Holst & Harry Christophers (3:44)
    Composed byGustav Holst
    Conducted byHarry Christophers
    Performed byHarry Christophers, Julie Cooper, Charles Fullbrook, The Sixteen, Mark Dobell
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