Vancouver Chamber Choir 

Finding the Still Point: Music for Healing

If you're looking for the kind of amorphous "space music" that typically passes itself off as music therapy, this disc isn't it. Instead, Vancouver Chamber Choir, operating out of Canada's most artistically prolific western metropolis, offers a mostly Euro-Christian perspective on spiritual healing and hospice.

Peppered with Gregorian chant throughout, these 23 tracks draw heavily from the canon of sacred classical choral repertoire, but do include a dash of secular selections and contemporary composers. Jon Washburn directs the choir, which turns an excellent performance of these mostly unaccompanied works; where instruments are included, the Borealis String Quartet, harpist Heidi Knutzen and organist Bryn Nixon provide solid collaboration.

From the ethereal spiritual communalism of "Ubi Caritas" by Maurice Duruflé to the longing Finnish naturalism of "On surri sun rantas autius" by Matti Hyökki, Finding the Still Point successfully presents, within its cultural premises, an array of sonic expressions for comforting those at the end of life's journey and for healing to those who remain and remember. 4 stars


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