ORA/SUZI DIGBY

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Many Are The Won­ders ★★★★ Har­mo­nia Mundi HMM 905284 Suzi Digby and her choir ORA be­lieve that “we are in a se­cond golden age of choral mu­sic”. Their new CD re­peats the pat­tern of their first. Mu­sic spawns mu­sic. The works of great English mas­ters, first Byrd now Tallis, are in­ter­wo­ven with spe­cially com­mis­sioned con­tem­po­rary works in­spired by them. ORA’s singing of Tallis is al­most the op­po­site of what you might call English Cathe­dral chaste. The ap­proach is as­sertive, the rel­ish of mo­ments of dis­so­nance un­mis­tak­able. The new works — by Steven Stucky, Frank Ferko, Richard Al­lain, Ken Bur­ton, Harry Es­cott, Alec Roth, Kerry An­drew and Bob Chilcott — pur­sue their goals with the com­mit­ment of food-in­dus­try re­searchers, seek­ing out the mu­si­cal equiv­a­lents of ad­dic­tive sen­sory mouth feel and bliss points. url.ie/55ay

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