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Paul Hillier

Jóhann Jóhannson: Drone Mass (CD)

The previously unrecorded Drone Mass was described by its composer, the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, as “a contemporary oratorio”. Written for voices, string quartet and electronics, it was commissioned and premiered by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, aka ACME, who toured and recorded with Jóhannsson for almost ten years. Now they have made the world premiere recording of this richly atmospheric work, in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices, conducted by Paul Hillier, also a multiple Grammy Award-winner. The members of both ACME and Theatre of Voices worked closely with the composer many times, both in the studio and in multiple live performances and tours, before his untimely death.

1. One is True
2. Two is Apocryphal
3. Triptych in Mass
4. To Fold & Remain Dormant
5. Divine Objects
6. The Low Drone of Circulating Blood, Diminishes with Time
7. Moral Vacuums
8. Take the Night Air
9. The Mountain View, the Majesty of the Snow-Clad Peaks, from a Place of Contemplation and Reflection