Various: Ikon, Vol. 2 (CD Review -, 2011)

In 1997, the Holst Singers and Stephen Layton produced a disc that immediately became a cult classic and a best-seller. Ikon, a selection of great Russian choral music from the 19th century, dazzled with its grand, opulent beauty. Now the same forces return with Ikon II. Many of the works recorded here are by composers whose names will not be familiar—but the extraordinary quality of the music is unmistakable and immediately enthralling. Stephen Layton toured Australia in August and September 2010 with the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, and is renowned for what choral music lovers and critics are describing as 'the Layton sound'.

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