Margaret Rizza: Mysterium Amoris

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Margaret Rizza: Mysterium Amoris



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29th Oct 2012




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Margaret Rizza: Mysterium Amoris

Rizza, M:

Ave Maria

O magnum mysterium

In the silence

Mary slept

Fire of Love

O sapientia

Christ be near

Mysterium amoris

Veni Jesu

Sanctus Dominus

O speculum columbe

Rising Prayer

Mysterious Night

Oculi mei

Ave generosa

Gaudete Ensemble, Eamonn Dougan


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Margaret Rizza sang professionally for twenty-five years, before teaching at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has directed music groups, making many recordings. She began composing in 1997 and has since earned huge admiration for her ‘Classical Contemporary’ sound world, works of spiritual contemplation and great beauty. Hers is music of great spiritual depth and, whether a cappella or for vocal and instrumental forces, it generates a sense of lyricism and healing resolution. None of the works on this disc have been recorded before.

The Gaudete Ensemble was formed and directed by Margaret Rizza as a small parish choir for St Thomasʼ Church in Sevenoaks. As it developed it went on to do many concerts and recordings. For this present recording, the ensemble is made up of fully professional singers and instrumentalists directed by Eamonn Dougan, who pursues a busy schedule working as both singer and conductor. He is the first Associate Conductor of the world renowned vocal ensemble The Sixteen and has directed the ensemble to considerable acclaim at concert halls and festivals across England and Europe.

Margaret Rizza: Ave Maria

Ave Maria

Margaret Rizza: O Magnum Mysterium

O Magnum Mysterium

Margaret Rizza: In the Silence

In the Silence

Margaret Rizza: Mary Slept

Mary Slept

Margaret Rizza: Fire of Love

Fire of Love

Margaret Rizza: O Sapientia

O Sapientia

Margaret Rizza: Christ be Near

Christ be Near

Margaret Rizza: Mysterium Amoris

Mysterium Amoris

Margaret Rizza: Veni Jesu

Veni Jesu

Margaret Rizza: Sanctus Dominus

Sanctus Dominus

Margaret Rizza: O Speculum Columbe

O Speculum Columbe

Margaret Rizza: Rising Prayer

Rising Prayer

Margaret Rizza: Mysterious Night

Mysterious Night

Margaret Rizza: Oculi Mei

Oculi Mei

Margaret Rizza: Ave Generosa

Ave Generosa

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2012


“the cosily devotional nature of this CD...may potentially divide listeners. If you're already inside the tent, Rizza's music will warm it pleasantly for you. If not, it can quickly come to seem a touch homogenised and repetitive in its sentiments and gestures.”

International Record Review

December 2012

“Rizza's music is tonal and diatonic. There are frequent unison passages, and one has the impression that the aim is to enhance the mood of the text without getting in the way of its meaning. There are echoes, from time to time, of other composers, Arvo Pärt, for example, or even Eric Whitacre, though the majority of this music was written before that composer's rise to fame.”

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