CHARPENTIER, M.-A.: Choral Music (Musique sacrée) (Oxford New College Choir, Oxford Baroque, Higginbottom)
The launch of the record label Novum by the Choir of New College Oxford has rightly excited much attention. Six hundred years of history has not dimmed New College’s innovatory approach to performance and the promotion of its work. The new label has two broad strands of repertoire: versions of iconic choral works such as Monteverdi’s Vespers and Mozart’s Requiem in vigorous and newly crafted performances; and forays into areas of previously unrecorded or neglected music. The choir is characterised by the unique sound-world of its boy sopranos, bold colours and highly energised music-making.