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Read David's exclusive interview with Gareth Wilson about the project here.
The choir which David Trendell directed for twenty-two years pays tribute in a collection of specially chosen pieces by David’s colleagues, friends and former students, interspersed with the Renaissance polyphony which was Trendell’s area of scholarly expertise. His deep love for the Song of Songs has inspired many of the inclusions, and its nature imagery threads through the disc, adding a suggestion of renewal and rebirth to the memorial tone of works written in the difficult months after his untimely death. The composers’ affection for David and gratitude for his life and musical achievements is matched by the intelligence and deep musicality of the choir he raised to an international reputation, and which here takes on a sophisticated and challenging programme in his memory.
William Byrd: Liber Secundus Sacrarum Cantionum (Cantiones Sacrae II)
Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum (Cantiones sacrae): Laudibus in sanctis
Matthew Kaner: Duo seraphim
Gareth Wilson: Magnificat & Nunc dimittis (Collegium regale)
Silvina Milstein: ushnarasmou (untimely spring)
Part I: ushnarasmou (rays of sunshine)
Part II: kusumaani (flowers, the hermits, stillness)
Francis Pott: Nigra sum sed formosa
Nigra sum sed formosa
Jean Lheritier: Nigra sum sed formosa a 5
Nigra sum sed formosa a 5
Robert Busiakiewicz: Ego sum resurrectio et vita
Ego sum resurrectio et vita
Robert Keeley: Magnificat & Nunc dimittis
Antony Pitts: Pie Jesu (Prayer of the Heart)
Matthew Martin: An Invocation to the Holy Spirit
An Invocation to the Holy Spirit
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Motets for 5-8 Voices, Book 4 for 5 Voices "Canticis Canticorum"
Motets for 5-8 Voices: Book 4 for 5 Voices, "Canticis Canticorum": Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui
Jacobus Clemens non Papa: Ego flos campi
Ego flos campi
Francis Grier: Panis angelicus
“This disc is the result of an outpouring of love and, naturally, of grief, brought together in a splendid collection that stands as a celebration of David [Trendell’s] life as much as a memorial…[the choir produces] renditions of transparent beauty and exemplary balance. A radiant tribute to a radiant musician”