Phoenix Chorale - Spotless Rose - Various

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'Where has this fabulous choir been all my life? No choral strength you can name eludes them... Chandos' usual lucid and unaffected notes, full texts and resplendent SACD-hybrid sound conspire with irresistible choral wizardry to make this an absolute must', wrote American Record Guide on Shakespeare in Song, the first release by the Phoenix Chorale (then the Phoenix Bach Choir) in 2004. Four years on and the Phoenix Chorale has released a further three discs on Chandos, in conjunction with the Kansas City Chorale, including Grechaninov's Passion Week for which choirs were nominated for five Grammys, winning in the Best Engineered Recording, Classical category. On this new SA-CD the Phoenix Chorale returns with an international anthology of songs to celebrate the Virgin Mary. The rewarding and unique programme, which includes premiere recordings, will appeal to all lovers of beautiful choral singing. Stephen Paulus is one of America's most prominent composers, recognised particularly for his empathetic vocal writing. In Splendid Jewel, based on a fourteenth-century lauda, Paulus imparts a mediaeval flavour to the setting of this ancient text, which he then warms with his own harmonic language. A Hymn to the Virgin is one of Britten's earliest pieces, written in 1930 when Britten was not quite seventeen. Britten retained a warm feeling for this youthful piece, so much so that it was one of the pieces performed at his funeral. The English composer Cecilia McDowall is well known for her sensitive text setting. The 'Ave Regina' and the 'Regina caeli' are two of the four great Marian antiphons of the ancient Church and McDowall's settings of them are here followed by a haunting Ave, Maria for women's voices. She is joined by another English composer, Herbert Howells, a composer famous for his choral music, and more especially for his sacred music. His setting of the fourteenth-century Marian text 'A Spotless Rose' dates from his mid-twenties, and is dedicated to his mother. The Liturgical Motets are among Healey Willan's best-known pieces, and the three recorded here take their texts from Responsories from an eighth-century Office of Our Lady and from the Song of Solomon. Completing the SACD are works by Javier Busto and Jean Belmont Ford. Belmont Ford has long been a favourite of Charles Bruffy and his choirs, who are enthusiastic champions of her work. Electa, a commission by the Kansas City Chorale in 1995 and recorded here for the first time, draws on various liturgical texts to weave a tapestry of praise to the Virgin Mary. In his Ave, Maria and Ave maris stella, the latter a premiere recording, Busto sets the familiar ancient texts. The SA-CD booklet comes with notes and full texts in three languages.

Also available: CHSA 5031 Shakespeare in Song; CHSA 5045 Eternal Rest; CHSA 5055 Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works; CHSA 5044 Grechaninov: Passion Week
Artikelnummer CHSA5066
Streckkod 0095115506622
Utgivningsdatum 2008-09-08
Kategori Kör
Skivbolag Chandos
Enhet SACD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Phoenix Chorale
Dirigenter Bruffy, Charles
Kompositörer Various
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