It is rare
to find a disc of modern repertoire where all three constituent
elements (the composition itself, the performance and the
production) conspire to produce a work of amalgamated excellence.
13-th century Norse Liknarbraut,
detailing Christ's crucifixion, is set to perpetually shifting
music, concurrently dramatic and mesmerising, by Plagge (b.1960).
Under the masterful direction of Fevang, Ensemble 96 (spawned as a
contemporary chamber group from the Philharmonic Chamber Choir of
Oslo) performs with sumptuous warmth and clarity.
& Organ May 2003.