Zbigniew Preisner: Silence, Night and Dreams (EMI)

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Zbigniew Preisner: Silence, Night and Dreams (EMI)

Composer Preisner is best known for his dramatic soundtrack work -- but this gentle exploration of Biblical texts owes more to austere and evocative meditative music, which makes that album title utterly apt.

The title track and a couple of others feature the pure and unwavering vocals of the young soprano Tom Cully from Libera (who looks about 12), but elsewhere it is Teresa Salgueiro from the Portuguese band Madredeus whose vocal weaves through the choral parts or over the soft chamber music group.

There is a sense of holy silence about this project and while classical music only sometimes gets a look in at Elsewhere, this one is too good to let pass by without drawing attention to.

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