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Canatamus is the 45 member female choir based in Mansfield,
Nottinghamshire whose music is sure to appeal to fans of
Adiemus and Sarah Brightman. With the release of the
sublime Aurora, (Warner Music Ltd (UK) 8573-87312-2, 2001) Cantamus looked poised to take over
the world of classical crossover. The director of
Cantamus, Pamela Cook, studied at the Royal Academy
of Music, London.
Aurora's nine tracks were composed by the gifted Sarah
Class who deserves the highest praise for her melodious
and lush compostitions. Ms. Class gained a BA (Hons)
music degree from the Bishop Otter College in Sussex
and since graduating Sarah has worked in Europe and
North America on a number of film and TV projects.
Aurora is a vivid and striking collection of songs
featuring the choir backed by the London Mozart Players.
Opening with the hypnotic and epic "Aurora," the album
transports listeners through a series of romantic and
cinematique musical vignettes. "Summer Song," the
second piece, is one of the most lovely songs this
reviewer has had the pleasure of hearing in some time.
Sounding like a poignant Simon and Garfunkel folk
ballad arranged for orchestra, piano, solist, and
choir, "Summer Song" recounts the emotions of life
through the changing of the seasons.
The three tracks comprising the "Spanish Suite"
(El Viaje, Astralucia, and Algun otro sitio) are
picturesque and bold, combining spanish guitar,
dense strings, and Gregorian flavored vocals.
The three Closing tracks, Symphonie Lumiere,
Beautiful Peace, and In My Dreams provide a
serene and dreamy ending to the album.
Aurora is an exceptional neo-classical project
that should appeal to a wide range of listeners.
With its soundtrack-like splendour and vibrant
vocal work, Aurora deserves a wide audience.
Based upon this stunning release, We are eager
to further work from Cantamus in the future.
Read further reviews, listen to soundbites and order the album from amazon.co.uk here.