Bingham - Choral Music

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Bingham - Choral Music


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Editor's Choice - April 2007



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29th Jan 2007




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Bingham - Choral Music

Bingham, J:

Salt in the Blood (1995)

The Darkness Is No Darkness

First Light (2001)

The Snows Descend (1997)

The Secret Garden (2004)

Wesley, S S:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace


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Judith Bingham: Salt in the Blood

Salt in the Blood

Judith Bingham: The Darkness is No Darkness - segue - S. S. Wesley: Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace

The Darkness is No Darkness - segue - S. S. Wesley: Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace

Judith Bingham: First Light

First Light

Judith Bingham: The Snows Descend

The Snows Descend

Judith Bingham: The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

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“Judith Bingham is that seemingly rare thing in contemporary music. A composer whose music has the ability to connect and communicate with its audience on an immediate and direct level.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Judith Bingham is a composer with a special gift for vocal setting and a wealth of experience in what can be sung: for 13 years she was a permanent member of the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Singers (for whom she is Associate Composer).
All five works on this new disc reveal a distinctive voice writing in a recognisably modern idiom which combines clarity of thought and complexity of vision. Bingham's music draws audiences in, without alienating them or com- promising her expressive integrity. Salt in theBlood (1995) is a prime example, a large musical – at times theatrical – tapestry of British seasong, weaving in existing shanties and invented hornpipes to retell the tale of two sailors' rivalry as to who was the better dancer. Bingham thinks convincingly in long spans, as her 2004 Prom commission The Secret Garden confirms (given here in a live performance). FirstLight (2001) and the brief The Darkness is noDarkness (1993) engage with the English choral tradition to an unusual degree, the latter – a reinterpretation of a Wesley hymn – in particular.
The performances all round are first rate and the recorded sound is excellent, which is no less than Bingham deserves. The BBC Symphony Chorus sing with gusto and Fine Arts Brass relish some fine brass writing, not least in TheSnow Descends (1997), an atmospheric paraphrase for brass of one of Bingham's choral works. Recommended.”

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