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Sharing releases, present and past, to brighten your day. WXXI Classical has its eyes and ears on the latest releases from classical artists working today. When we come across a story or a release we think you might enjoy, we’ll be sharing it with you on CD Spotlight. You’ll learn more about the artists online at WXXI Classical, and you’ll hear selections from these artists on FM 91.5. CD Spotlight shares new releases by artists that you’ll want to know and some by great artists and ensembles that deserve to be in the spotlight again.

CD Spotlight: Among Whirlwinds by Singer Pur

Singer Pur - Among the Whirlwinds
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Cover of Singer Pur, Among the Whirlwinds

Singer Pur, a German sextet specializing in a capella vocal works, began with five former members of the famous Regensburger Domspatzen cathedral boys’ choir. They added a soprano, creating a unique combination of voices (a soprano, three tenors, a baritone and a bass), and a reputation for performing unusual and compelling repertoire. Their 29th and newest release, Among Whirlwinds, covers more than 900 years of works by women. Women composers, says Singer Pur, may be getting more attention as of late, but “they are still in need of promotion.” And the CD does just that.

Some names will be familiar: Hildegard of Bingen, Clara Schumann, Fanny Hensel. Others may be new to you: Alfrida Andrée, Kathryn Rose, Joanne Metcalf, Maddalena Casulana. They are voices from around the world: from Korea, the United States, Great Britain, the Basque Region. Some were nuns, some are teachers and conductors, one was murdered in Auschwitz. All have extended their voices in music. The result is compelling, hypnotic, and unforgettable.

A Strong Memorial baby and Greece Arcadia grad, Julia Figueras is the Music Director and mid-day host for WXXI-FM. She is also the producer and host for the award-winning monthly interview/performance show, Backstage Pass.