'Simple Gifts' Aaron Copland
Gorgeous choral music with a human touch, including Oscar-nominated ‘Vois sur ton chemin’ from lovable French film The Chorus.
Composer: Bruno Coulais
Repertoire: The Chorus (film soundtrack)
Artists: Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc
Label: Nonesuch 5046 76916 2
Sweet but never saccharine, French children’s choir Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc offers an appealing alternative to the pristine sound of cathedral-based choirboys – thoroughly human and fallible, both in the a cappella numbers and string-backed showstoppers such as the gorgeous, Oscar-nominated ‘Vois sur ton chemin’. A sentimental-yet-brisk tone prevails, with strings, wind, piano, harp and xylophone providing pleasing counterpoints to the choral parts. An album to fill your house and heart.