Various: Ikon, Vol. 1 (CD Review - Soundscape Australia, 1997)

The timbral and textural palette of Russian choral sound is clearly evident to Layton and the ensemble with Tchaikovsky’s setting of Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen, the octave doublings of melodic passages and eight-part writing sustained with clarity and a lovely feeling for phrase. Of greatest interest, however, is Knut Nystedt's stunningly simple Immortal Bach … Under Stephen Layton’s direction, the Holst Singers elevate Bach's simple chorale setting into something far more profound, allowing us to catch a little glimpse, however fleeting, of eternity

Jangoo Chapkhana

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