Stephen Pritchard 

In the Dark – review

This choir of former Cambridge choral scholars is hair-raisingly good, writes Stephen Pritchard
  
  

This is a hugely impressive debut from the Platinum Consort, a professional choir comprising former Cambridge choral scholars whose gloriously clean and focused sound is perfectly captured in this meticulously recorded download. Richard Bates, their young composer-in-residence, knows how to raise the hairs on the back of the neck with his smoky eight-part writing, particularly in the title track, a setting crammed with delicious harmonic moments. Holy Week pieces by Victoria, Purcell, Lotti and Lassus join James Macmillan's monumental Miserere and Bates's deft handling of several of the Tenebrae texts in a selection that can be heard live at Kings Place, London on 1 September. It promises to be a memorable night.

 

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