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Thu, 01 Jun 2006

Sixteen: Ikon

The Sixteen, Ikon
various sacred music
Harry Christophers
LP, Universal

The Sixteen is a vocal ensemble formed by Harry Christophers in 1978 and here they give us seventeen tracks of modern sacred music. The composers include Rachmaninov, Tavener, Part, MacMillan, Kalinnikov, Stravinsky, Chesnokov, and Holst. Well, actually, that's all of them. There are some very nice pieces here and they are very nicely performed as well. The rich reverb in the recording is courtesy of St. Giles, Cripplegate in the midst of London's Barbican centre. This is an ancient, small church in the center of a late 60's development of apartments and performing facilities as well as the Guildhall School of Music. It's worth a look if you haven't seen it. (Baron K)

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