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Jonathan Dove is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music, and his writing for choral forces is charged with intensity and beauty. The Passing of the Year is dedicated to the memory of his mother and sets seven texts with moving directness and a beguiling sense of the seasons’ passing.
It sounded as if the streets were running also celebrates nature, his setting of the storm imagery in Emily Dickinson’s poetry rich in surging climaxes. Vivid characterisation, this time of animals, suffuses Who killed Cock Robin? which, like all Dove’s music, is hugely approachable, varied and exciting.
Jonathan Dove is one of the most approachable of contemporary composers, prizing communication above obscurity, something his choral works demonstrate so well. These settings are intimate, rousing, beautifully crafted and lyrical.
Jonathan Dove: The Passing of the Year
No. 1. Invocation
No. 2. The narrow bud opens her beauties to the sun
No. 3. Answer July
No. 4. Hot sun, cool fire
No. 5. Ah, Sun-flower!
No. 6. Adieu! farewell earth's bliss!
No. 7. Ring out, wild bells
Jonathan Dove: In Beauty May I Walk
In Beauty May I Walk
Jonathan Dove: My Love is Mine
My Love is Mine
Jonathan Dove: Who Killed Cock Robin
Who Killed Cock Robin
Jonathan Dove: It sounded as if the Streets were running
No. 1. It sounded as if the Streets were running
No. 2. I saw no way
No. 3. How happy is the little Stone
Jonathan Dove: I am the Day
I am the Day
Jonathan Dove: Wellcome all Wonders in one Sight!
Wellcome all Wonders in one Sight!
Jonathan Dove: The Three Kings
The Three Kings
3rd March 2012
“An intermittently beautiful setting for chorus and piano of Emily Dickinson’s poetry”
“[The Passing of the Year] is beautifully conceived music soaring to a glorious, bright climax in this fine performance by the 30-voice Convivium Singers...Who Killed Cock Robin?, by contrast, is exuberantly entertaining, and the Convivium Singers rise enthusiastically to the virtuoso demands of its writing.”
“The Convivium Singers are are a 30-strong mixed-voice group, formed in 2009, youthfully fresh-toned and evenly balanced. They tackle Dove's distinctive and vivid setting with great vigour and a sense of purpose...This is an enjoyable disc of approachable choral music by a master of choral writing.”
“This will turn out to be, I am sure, one of my favorite recordings of 2012...Dove receives the strongest advocacy from his performers. The Convivium Singers...display admirable control of the long line and excellent intonation...I urge you to purchase this CD as quickly as possible. It is gorgeous and poignant music, performed with wholehearted fervor by an excellent choir”