Collegium Vocale Gent
Submitted by Handsome P. Won... on 4 September 2012 - 3:32pm
What's it called?:
Victoria: Officium Defunctorum
What does it sound like?:
Imagine a warm summer's day in the English countryside. All of a sudden an Angel appears before you. He/she is the most beautiful creature that you have ever seen. The Angel tells you that everything is going to be alright as he/she lays you down in the warm shade of a large oak. His/her hands caress you gently from the tips of your toes, up your legs and chest until they reach your head. You are completely relaxed and very happy. Then, just when you think you couldn't be any happier, the Angel's hands reach into your head and start to massage your brain. That's what this record sounds like.
What does it all *mean*?:
I know there's a sizeable constituency of classical music lovers in the Massive and I represent the the Choral Music (Sacred) sub-group. I don't pretend to be an expert on Sacred Music, but I knew from the first listen that this was special.
Goes well with …:
I find this is the thing to listen to when I need to chill out. I strap on the noise-reducing headphones and it only takes a few minutes before I'm in another place (this is usually literally true, as I listen a lot on the train).
Might suit people who like …:
to be quiet occasionally.