Artists: World Choir for Peace, Lavinia Meijer
Label: SONY CLASSICAL
Released: September 4, 2020
“Peaceful Choir” by harpist Lavinia Meijer and chamber choir World Choir For Peace is a relaxing musical journey through the manifold colours and sounds of contemporary choral music.
Renowned international composers have contributed entirely new works or arrangements for this unique recording project, including Sir Karl Jenkins, Grammy-nominated composer and pianist Hauschka, San Fermin mastermind Ellis Ludwig-Leone, composer icon John Rutter, Estonian pop-violinist Maarja Nuut and German soundtrack composer David Reichelt (8 Days). The album includes 15 world-premiere recordings and music by house-hold names such as Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre, Max Richter, Hans Zimmer and Arvo Pärt. Next to them, critically acclaimed composers of choral music have contributed to the album, such as Grammy-nominated composers Kim André Arnesen and Jake Runestand as well as American composers Dan Forrest, and Elaine Hagenberg.
…once you start listening, all reservations dissolve to make room for something much larger: the feeling of warmth…” “…Anyone who fully engages with the album embarks on a journey through all the ups and downs of our world. The artistic director Nicol Matt leads the choir like a magician and the singers voices are able to trigger anything from a blissful smile on their lips to tear-stained cheeks…”