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The Schola Cantorum's radiant, crisply nuanced choral sound is wasted on fluent but forgettable works
Composer: Whitacre, Dyrud, Christophersen, Lauridsen, Rehnqvist
Repertoire: Choral Works
Artists: Ave Sandbakken (vla), Schola Cantorum/Dahl Schola
Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine is proof of that: ricocheting from the opening ‘tutti’ chord, sub-groupings of variously shaded female voices are revealed like ever smaller Russian Dolls, an effect few choirs could nail with such precision. A pity this technical genius is allied to such so-so music – Torbjørn Dyrud and Morten Lauridsen write idiomatically but unmemorably, although Bjørn Morton Christophersen redeems himself with a thornier narrative about the breakdown of painter Edvard Munch.