Somehow I managed to leave the store without a copy!
I've just realised your statement is ambiguous. Did you forget to buy a copy for yourself, or did you buy the entire stock, leaving the store without a copy to sell to anybody else?
Well spotted Richard. The ambiguity was not intended!
I had decided that I would buy a copy yesterday, but was then so intent on remembering the information I had to add to this forum, I simply carried on with my shopping and never picked up a copy of the CD for myself!
Worse still, I intended to revisit the store on my way home this afternoon. Reading your post reminded me that I forgot to do that too
Well, hi folks. Long time since I have been here and it is sheer chance that I am. I had no idea how ‘with it’ I was when, in Waitrose this after-noon (£11.99), looking for something cheap to buy to save paying for the car park—it’s free for 2 hours if you buy something you need and I had used their car park for the post office!
There on the top shelf in position three, technically but I don’t think that was necessarily intended was ‘Into Paradise’.
I knew something was due to come out of course but it is only when I came on to this site and started to look at the last 30 posts did I realise how soon on proceedings I was.
Nimrod, wonderful harmony at the conclusion and almost sotto voce. I wondered if they were too quiet against the orchestra but the choral balancing is superb. This CD made me realise (and I must listen again) to the extraordinary balance with contrast these girls can render. They really are wonderfully suited as a quartet.
‘In Paradisum’ magnificent. I have been moved from my first hearing of ‘Make Me A Channel of Your Peace’ and their rendition must surely stand for a long time as one of the best renditions of this hymn.
‘Swing Low’ didn’t gel with me quite as excitingly. ‘The Scientist’ is completely new to me. I don’t think I would have liked it if anyone else had introduced me to it. They handle it very well. ‘Sound of Silence’ brought Simon and Garfunkell immediately to mind. They have managed to capture the essence of the original while remaining themselves. I think this a unique achievement and re-introduces for me a favoured song unheard for some time.
As for ‘Band of Brothers Lament’ incredibly emotional. Superb cavernous soaring of voices tugging without embarrassment at the heart strings.
I am not going to comment on every song but I loved the higher register of harmonies and counter-harmonies in ‘Sull’ Aria from The Marriage of Figaro then the simplicity by contrast of ’Singing You Through’. ‘Pie Jesu’ they really brought alive and ‘Zadoc the Priest’ a good rousing ending which one is used to hearing with a full choir providing a volume of sound they managed excellently with only a few additional singers.
Looking at The Radio Times critique I quote [‘…under-produced, it is a perfect showcase for their subtlety as performers’. This referred to ‘In Paradism’ in particular and one or two others but I think succinctly expresses my feelings for the whole CD.
In its timing it is a ‘Christmas’ production but unlike most Christmas CDs it is an album for all seasons and in that I think it is a marketing triumph: it is seasonal without ‘being’ seasonal.
The Radio Times went on ‘Into Paradise so desperately wants to be sophisticated and cutting edge, but in reality it is achingly safe. But if there's one thing that really frustrates about listening to this album, it’s the feeling that we’ve been here before. If All Angels have any higher ambitions than this, then their material will have to grow up with them.’
My answer to that is, too great a contrast on a second album would leave followers wondering who they are and where are they going. Where the RT says ‘achingly safe’ I say, strengthening the base-line, a CD well balanced as an harmonic whole from which they might safely step forth into something more adventurous later.
As for other matters, I think the CD booklet gains superb elegance from total simplicity. White on white is difficult and it would have been tempting to give the girls a coloured background to provide contrast. The photography and printing are excellent. It was a courageous decision to print white on white and it works well. The soft focus faces on separate pages giving each girl a chance to express their thanks opposite is a wonderfully subtle way of reminding us which girl is which, in place of the ‘usual’ line up. A superb classical presentation that enshrines the essential essence that these are totally different personalities, blended by music.
Like you, in my opinion better to be safe than sorry. Having heard many of the tracks before (live at St. Bartholomews) there were few surprises with the album, but there is greater richness in the CD mixing with instruments popping up that were unexpected.
I this was a whine-a-thon, I am very happy to sponsor All Angels! I am glad that I do not sponsor the Radio Times.
Whoohoo ! I have my "Into Paradise" CD now :applaud: However, I'm not allowed to listen to it until my birthday in 10 days time as it's a present. Having read the comments here I can't wait. Oh how the days, hours, minutes and seconds drag by ....
Ive just listened to "Into paradise" and I have to say that "Singing you through" is my absolute favourite - I've played it over & over. It sent a tingle up my spine when I heard it for the first time, live, on Wednesday at the concert. Daisy's introduction to each verse is absolutely superb and gives me goose bumps every time.