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A Cappella ()

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This 2005 compilation draws on ten previous Telarc albums by Robert Shaw, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and highlights a cappella performances from the esteemed conductor's last decade. Since the program is largely sacred in nature, the album's tone is reverent and placid, with little contrast. Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder! by Debussy, Waldesnacht, Op. 62/3, and Abendständchen, Op. 42/1, by Brahms provide a brief secular interlude, but their gentle madrigal quality is not too far removed from the soft murmuring of most of the religious works, and not enough of a change in mood or expression. The jubilant chorus "Vzbrannoy Voyevode" from Rachmaninov's Vespers, three traditional spirituals, and "In a Garden Shady" by Britten are the liveliest selections, and Shaw and his ensemble lend them a buoyancy and vitality that are welcome and necessary to balance out the album. The somber liturgical works, such as O vos omnes by Victoria, A New Commandment by... Hide synopsis

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