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April 29, 2004

Gramophone Magazine

The Sixteen have struck a recording deal with Universal Classics. Described as a ‘long-term collaboration’ the arrangement is independent of the choral group’s recording projects on their own label, Coro, and is likely to produce one new recording per year. The first release will be a double-CD including some of the most popular pieces in The Sixteen’s repertoire, drawing on sacred choral music from across five centuries.

Harry Christophers, conductor and founder of The Sixteen, said of the recording, due for release in July: ‘The human voice is, without doubt, the most expressive instrument in music and has inspired composers through the centuries. Here we have the opportunity to explore that expressive range in choral music, taking us from the simplicity of the plainsong line to works in 4 to 14 parts which touch the heart of our emotions, whether in prayer, hope or exultant praise.'

'All reflect the architecture of Europe’s greatest cathedrals and chapels, be it the vast nave of Canterbury or Seville, the golden domes of St Mark’s Venice or Michelangelo’s impressive frescoes in the Sistine Chapel,’ he added. During its 25-year history The Sixteen have made 80 recordings, and concert commitments include an annual tour of UK cathedrals.

Posted by acapnews at April 29, 2004 8:55 AM

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