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Voces8 records brand-new “crossover” Requiem Mass

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J-P Mauro - published on 06/01/22

'Requiem Novum' intersperses poems throughout the Mass that reflect on each section.

The world’s most adept sacred choir, Voces8, is back in 2022 with a full-scale Requiem Mass. The work marks an evolution of Mass settings, as it combines the timeless Latin text of the Catholic Mass with English-language poems by American lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri. The work, titled Requiem Novum, has some of the most tonally beautiful melodies ever put to paper. 

Requiem Novum is a genuine masterpiece, composed by Swedish conductor Mårten Jansson, who matched the beauty of the Mass in his music. The composition almost feels like an oratorio at points, with orchestral embellishments providing the mind with the distinct impression of stage blocking. These “action” moments almost always lead the chorus to a building moment that is shiver-inducing when the choir sings all together. 

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