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CD REVIEW: Aural Borealis - Baroque Choral and Instrumental Music for the Christmas Season
By Ben Ohmart - 09/22/2003 - 08:01 PM EDT

Artist: Band: Aural Borealis
Album: Baroque Choral and Instrumental Music for the Christmas Season
CD Review: Itís always lovely getting a Christmas cd well ahead of time Ė thatís how most of them come. As the colors of autumn begin to twirl and change and fall, the hope that a wondrous choral album like Aural Borealis creates is a chillingly peaceful ebb of gorgeous classical sounds that even the most idiotic of minds, like myself, cannot help but smile upon.

Recorded in St. Maryís Church in Cortland, New York, the sound is more superb than one would think comes from a church. But this church has a studio sound, filled with rather flawless playing, chamber work that one would expect more from a Naxos catalog than an (I assume) indie release.

The tracks shine in the Baroque tradition. And Christmas will come every time light hits the grooves. You wonít be disappointed with

O magnum mysterium
Sonata a 3
Angelus ad Pastores
Magnificat a 6
Canzon a 3
Sonata nona
Puer qui natus est nobis
Sonata on La Foscarina
Hodie Christus natus est
Gloria a 7

So donít wait to the end of the year to check it out.

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