VOCES8 Sing Arvo Part’s Nunc Dimittis

You may need to crank the volume on your device to really enjoy this because so much of Part’s music features very quiet bass lines - and turn off the washing machine or you’ll just hear your own spin cycle. While most videos I select feature the singers themselves, I rather like pictures of natures once in a while.

As you undoubtedly know, Part (and yes, there’s supposed to be an umlaut over the “a”) is an Estonian composer of minimalist religious music.  He is Eastern Orthodox and his music has been compared to the spare style of Orthodox iconography. If you want to know more, why not visit theArvo Part Project which is based at St. Vladimir’s Seminary or read Peter Bouteneff’s book, Out of Silence. 

Or you can just enjoy the music for its depth and meditative quality.

VOCES8 is a fantastic octet from the UK, with a sound that reminds me of the King’s Singers when I liked them in the old days - only multiplied by two and with a fantastic repertoire. And lots of videos (as well as CDs, of course). You’ll be seeing them here again.  Check them out at their website.


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