"...The engineers at Divine Art have done well in making you feel as though you are in a small hall listening to this wonderful choir."
Maria Nockin - Fanfare - September/October 2012
"...the singing by the choir is always perfectly tuned and beautifully recorded..."
Paul Corfield Godfrey - MusicWeb-Interntional.com - 12 May 2012
"...if you are interested in choral music in general, this CD is worth investing in for the impressive showcase it gives to contemporary chorale signing .."
D James Ross - Early Music Review - April 2012
“A luminous collection, the showpiece is Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal by Paul Mealor... an impressive choral work that superbly combines the clean and open harmonies of the Renaissance with the more distant harmonic intervals of today. The blend of voices is in perfect equilibrium. The sound recording... wraps you in a warm blanket of sound.”
Jean-Yves Duperron - Classical Music Sentinel - November 2011
"Fire and Roses is a golden blend of a cappella repertoire, both ancient and modern, sung by the fresh voices of Aberdeen’s Con Anima Chamber Choir under its director Paul Mealor. Mealor’s own music is featured in the juicy atmospherics of his short choral cycle, Now sleeps the crimson petal. So are two beautifully crafted works by the American composer Morten Lauridsen, including the disc’s title track Madrigali, vivid modern settings of Italian Renaissance poems that harness echoes of Monteverdi. Genuine Renaissance madrigals by the stylistically anarchic Gesualdo, John Wilbye and others, including Monteverdi himself, are complemented by more recent settings by Holst and James MacMillan." ****
Kenneth Walton - The Scotsman
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