Editors’ Notes In many places and ages, the spring equinox has ushered in a new year. At the heart of this album, Jonathan Dove’s seven-song cycle The Passing of the Year celebrates a journey through the year as reflected in nature. Dove’s music plays to VOCES8’s strengths of faultless tuning, crystal-clear enunciation, and a ravishingly blended sound from the eight singers. Through it all, his musical voice never fails to entrance. Elsewhere, some equally well-chosen pieces, embracing choral favorites by Fauré and Britten, trace the church year. It’s all breathtakingly well recorded.

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In Paradisum (Processional)
1
0:56
 
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
2
3:56
 
A Hymn to the Virgin
3
3:55
 
Maria Durch ein Dornwald ging (Arr. Stefan Claas)
4
2:20
 
Joseph, lieber Joseph mein
5
1:55
 
Angelus ad Virginem
6
3:06
 
This Ember Night
7
6:53
 
The Passing of the Year: I. Invocation
8
1:18
 
The Passing of the Year: II. The narrow bud opens her beauties to the sun
9
2:49
 
The Passing of the Year: III. Answer July
10
2:00
 
The Passing of the Year: IV. Hot sun, cool fire
11
2:50
 
The Passing of the Year: V. Ah, Sun-flower!
12
2:07
 
The Passing of the Year: VI. Adieu! Farewell earth's bliss!
13
5:26
 
The Passing of the Year: VII. Ring out, wild bells
14
4:38
 
Magnificat
15
7:04
 
Ave Maris Stella
16
3:49
 
God Grant with Grace
17
1:23
 
In Beauty May I Walk
18
4:47
 
Requiem Aeternam
19
0:59
 
Pie Jesu (Arr. Barnaby Smith from "Requiem, Op. 48")
20
3:40
 
They Are at Rest
21
3:53
 
In Paradisum (Recessional)
22
1:04
 
Immittet Angelus Domini
23
4:06
 
For He Shall Give His Angels (From "Elijah, Op. 70, MWV A 25")
24
2:56
 

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