First Drop: Choral works by Skempton, Volans, Reich, etc8:00, 23rd August 2017
Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier
Ranging from the ravishingly beautiful (Skempton’s Rise up my love), via the minimalist (Riley and Reich, including an ingenious vocal arrangement of Clapping Music) to the more challenging (Michael Gordon and Pablo Ortiz), Hillier’s collection is a true labour of love. It was recorded over the course of ten years and his advocacy and the commitment of this world-class ensemble do the project proud. This imaginative and generous project is afforded fine recorded sound, interesting notes and sung texts.