'The Hermes Experiment bring something very special to contemporary music performance: visceral entertainment. In SONG, the package is way more than the sum of its unconventional parts, which includes assorted music by Eleanor Alberga, Helen Grime, Kerry Andrew and Olivia Cheney as well as idiosyncratic treatments of past composers as diverse as 17th century Barbara Strozzi and 19th century Clara Schumann to early 20th century Lili Boulanger. The performances are variously witty, mournful, surreal, edgy and beautiful.
Not every group so compelling in live performance translates that magic onto disc. Here’s a brilliant case of one that can'
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