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Into the Light

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Label: Signum Classics
Recording details: July 2021
Chapel of St Thomas Aquinas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Produced by Paul John Rudoi & Chris Foss
Engineered by Preston Smith
Release date: December 2022
Total duration: 71 minutes 2 seconds

Cover artwork: Photo © Jacob Christopher.

Seventeen tracks of unbridled enthusiasm make up this latest festive offering from the expert singers of Cantus, comprising everything from new arrangements of age-old carols and spirituals to compositions freshly minted for the occasion.

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In a camera obscura, the darkest room bestows the clearest picture. In this precursor to modern photography, the image passes through the smallest of holes and only then is projected in fullness and clarity.

So, too, for the world.

Each December, we find ourselves surrounded by winter’s darkness at the fulcrum between the old year and the new. In the shadowy stillness of these short, cold days, December is the darkroom that focuses our gaze squarely on the bright promise and growing light of the imminent new year.

Into the Light was recorded in the dark, uncertain days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the process was imbued with optimism and hope for brighter days ahead.

In its first holiday recording in more than a decade, chamber vocal ensemble Cantus offers a thoughtful selection of old and new favorites, each sung with the group’s trademark warmth and virtuosity.

The album reflects Cantus’ commitment to diversity of repertoire. Its selections span five languages and feature works by a broad range of composers and arrangers: from John Jacob Niles and Kenneth Jennings, to Joni Mitchell and B E Boykin. The album also offers six pieces created specifically for Cantus, including two new arrangements from Reginald Bowens and Christopher H Harris.

Cantus © 2022

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