Jonathan Dove: The Passing of the Year

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Jonathan Dove: The Passing of the Year



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27th Feb 2012




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Jonathan Dove: The Passing of the Year


The Passing of the Year

In beauty may I walk

My love is mine

Who killed Cock Robin?

It sounded as if the streets were running

I am the day

Wellcome, all wonders in one sight!

The three Kings

Christopher Cromar (piano)

Convivium Singers, Neil Ferris


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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

Financial Times

3rd March 2012

“An intermittently beautiful setting for chorus and piano of Emily Dickinson’s poetry”

BBC Music Magazine

May 2012


“[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.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2012

“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.”

MusicWeb International

June 2012

“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”

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