RAVE REVIEWS FOR ALBUM #3
ORA Singers has released it's third album, Many are the Wonders, focussing on the legendary Tudor composer, Thomas Tallis.
This recording is the second in ORA's 'Renaissance gems and their reflections' series. Some of Tallis' most famous works are paired here with 6 specially commissioned reflections by Richard Allain, Kerry Andrew, Ken Burton, Harry Escott, Frank Ferko and Alec Roth, alongside works by Steven Stucky and Bob Chilcott. 24 amazing tracks in all!
“The quality of the singing is first rate throughout, impeccably blended and beautifully tuned, giving a rich sense of unity to the whole endeavour… Suzi Digby is blazing a trail with ORA, building a bridge between older, well established music and contemporary composers, and she is doing it with exceptional intelligence. Many are the wonders, indeed.”
Simon Thompson, MusicWeb International, June 2017
“The new works… pursue their goals with the commitment of food-industry researchers, seeking out the musical equivalents of addictive sensory mouth feel and bliss points.”
Michael Dervan – The Irish Times, July 2017 **** 4 Stars
“All are brought vividly to life by ORA under Suzi Digby.”
Richard Fairman – Financial Times, June 2017 **** 4 Stars
“If you think you’ve heard every possibility in recording the choral music of the English Renaissance, get to know ORA through this release.”
James Manheim- AllMusic, July 2017 **** 4.5 Stars
“Seamlessly blended through the voices, a halo of resonance surrounding a solid vocal core, keeping things from getting too fey and floaty.”
Alexandra Coghlan, Gramophone, August 2017