After Silence

This must be the ultimate choral concept album, over two hours of music divided into a quartet of roughly equal sections, dealing with four aspects of spiritual life and each containing one substantial work surrounded by complementary shorter ones. The styles range from the sixteenth century till now. Only the Bach and Mahler works have instrumental accompaniment but these never outnumber the eight voices of the group’s title…

The Godfather

If you are looking for a baroque version of Al Pacino and references to horses’ heads under the heading of The Godfather, you can forget it. The Godfather here is derived from the convoluted reasoning that all these composers knew and were in some way ‘godfathers’ to each other’s music, as represented by the violinist Johann Pisendel, who was friends with all of them….