CD Review: Under the Shadow of His Wing – The Guardian

Seductively lush

4 out of 5 Stars

Vasari Singers launch their own label with this wide-ranging, evocative double-CD meditation on the journey from darkness to light, a reworking of the Vespers service by Jonathan Rathbone, who takes texts from the liturgies of Compline and Evensong and applies double and sometimes triple choir techniques to achieve seductively lush harmonies in 16 attractive a cappella pieces. This talented and versatile choir deserves praise not only for its skilful singing but also for once again commissioning work that refreshes the British choral repertoire, including an imaginative Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis and a sumptuous setting of Now that the sun hath veiled his light.

© Jeremy Backhouse