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Harmonia Mundi
HMG 507318

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Reviewer: Rob Barnett

Paul Hillier's time with Harmonia Mundi has brought forth some fourteen discs. There are three volumes of Baltic Voices, four dedicated to the music Arvo Pärt, four from the medieval period and one each for Cage (Litany for the Whale) and Stockhausen (Stimmung). This one offers eleven pieces of chant composed variously by Dmitri Bortniansky (1751-1825), Giuseppe Sarti (1729-1802), Vassily Titov (c1650-c1715), Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785), Nikolai Diletsky (c1630-c1680) and Artemy Vedel (1767-1808). On first playing it can all seem rather samey but you should persist. Bortniansky's Cherubic Hymn is serene if a mite stolid while Sarti's Now the Powers of Heaven is much more successful in its silvery heights. Titov sounds somewhat like Monteverdi in its impressive interplay of solo lines. Supplication and enchantment are commingled in Bortniansky's With my voice I cried out which nicely exploits the wonderful resonant acoustic of Tallinn Methodist Church. Understated music, outstanding singing and superbly captured.

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