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January 18, 2012

Vasari Singers, Kings Place - review

Evening Standard (London):

Take the instruments out of music and what's left? The singing voice in all its glory. The London A Cappella Festival embraces as many instrument-less possibilities as three days of music-making allow, and began last night with a solo, half beat-box, half doo-wop, by Albert Hera.Then the Vasari Singers took the stage. After a slightly tentative opening in a Crucifixus setting by Antonio Lotti, the Vasaris's precision-tooled harmonies and crisp enunciation took over. Pierre Villette's Attende Domine proved an unsettling blend of ancient and modern, while the clipped phrases and rousing "Amen" of Francis Poulenc's Gloria (from his Mass) suited the hall's short echo. The most moving pieces were contemporary British. In Gabriel Jackson's I Am The Voice of The Wind, the women's wordless evocation of the wind was devastating while the consonant-free ululations of Will Todd's Angel Song II were more sinister than angelic.

Posted by acapnews at January 18, 2012 12:00 AM