King Place's Nature Unwrapped launched by Theatre of Voices with a trio of striking contemporary works


Music by Arvo Pärt, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Michael Gordon
Film: Songs from the Soil (Phie Ambo)

Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 11 January 2020

'The film was certainly poetic, consisting of a great many highly photogenic images, often close-ups and rather Instagram-worthy... The music made a very significant contribution, as there was no narrative, particularly in Theatre of Voices' strong performances... The singers from Theatre of Voices made a strongly focused yet vibrant sound, this was very much Arvo Pärt sung Estonian style rather than a pure, white English sound.'

'Gordon's striking textures evoked Minimalism with plenty of rhythmic repetition, the piece had moments of being quite jazzy too. Gordon's writing varied from interesting close harmonies to some quite traditional polyphony... The result was striking and vividly performed, with Theatre of Voices really committing to the piece, even to American accents.'

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