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Voces8 - Lux / WQXR: Album Of the Week

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Voces8, a young, British vocal octet led by Barnaby Smith, has released "Lux: Music by Tallis, Elgar, Tavener, Allegri, Rachmaninoff and others." It's the "others" which makes this album particularly unique. Along with radiant vocal classics like Rachmaninoff's all-night Vespers and Elgar's Lux Aeterna, there are a couple of pop arrangements: "Teardrop" by the band Massive Attack and "The Luckiest" by singer-pianist Ben Folds. One journalist has described Voces8 -- which consists of two women and six men -- as a cross between the King's Singers and Manhattan Transfer. It's that expansive approach that allows the group to carry off this eclectic repertoire. Voces8 - Lux on Decca/Universal Music Classics is the WQXR: New York / Album Of the Week