Kim André Arnesen: Infinity
There’s a touching innocence to the choral works of Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen, which owe a debt to the lusciously harmonized, layered textures of Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre. Each piece on this beautiful album lifts and feeds the soul—the opening “Even When He Is Silent” is a breathtaking setting of an inspirational poem found etched on a concentration camp wall. “Making or Breaking,” featuring solo soprano saxophone, delivers a soaring paean to our fragile planet, while “Cradle Hymn,” for female voices and piano, is a simple, poignant hymn of praise. Kantorei prove themselves fine advocates for this rewarding music.