Ablaze With Light

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Ablaze With Light



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31st March 2017




48 minutes


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Ablaze With Light

Choral Music by William Petter


The Lord's Prayer

Vigil Mass

The Good Shepherd Has Risen

St Magnus Mass

Come down, O Love Divine

Paul Plummer (organ)

The Rose Singers, Peter Foggitt



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Read Presto's interview with conductor Peter Foggitt about the recording (and William Petter's legacy) here.

The compelling body of sacred choral works left by William Petter at his death in October 2016 reflect his deep connection with the European choral tradition and reveal a distinctive personal idiom. The St. Magnus Mass for six unaccompanied voices draws on influences from Frank Martin, via Walton and Kodály, to Leonard Bernstein, while the Vigil Mass places the plainsong Missa de Angelis alongside a richly-varied organ texture. The three motets show further aspects of Petter’s aesthetic in writing both for large-scale choral forces (The Good Shepherd is Risen; Come Down O Love Divine) and for a more intimate dynamic (The Lord’s Prayer).

Recorded in the beautiful acoustic of the Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, Ablaze with Light is performed by musicians who represent many of London and the UK’s finest chamber choirs and vocal ensembles. All close friends of William Petter, the choir was ‘hand-picked’ by the composer and the disc recorded just two weeks after his death. All proceeds from this recording will go to Sarcoma UK.

Peter Foggitt: The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

William Petter: Vigil Mass

Vigil Mass: I. Kyrie

Vigil Mass: II. Gloria

Vigil Mass: III. Sanctus

Vigil Mass: IV. Benedictus

Vigil Mass: V. Agnus Dei

William Petter: The Good Shepherd Has Risen

The Good Shepherd Has Risen

William Petter: St. Magnus Mass

St. Magnus Mass: I. Kyrie

St. Magnus Mass: II. Gloria

St. Magnus Mass: III. Sanctus

St. Magnus Mass: IV. Benedictus

St. Magnus Mass: V. Agnus Dei

William Petter: Come Down, O Love Divine

Come Down, O Love Divine

Gramophone Magazine

July 2017

“both a touching personal memorial and a tantalising glimpse of a talent just coming into bloom...Petter has a gift for vocal spacing, and the result is spacious music that seems, in these accomplished and carefully blended performances, deftly conducted by Peter Foggitt, to hang suspended in the air - harmonies shifting and reforming like a cloud of dust particles caught in the light of a cathedral window.”

MusicWeb International

May 2017

“The music on this CD is excellent and it would enrich any liturgy…It remains only to say that the performances are splendid. If you buy this disc…you be giving yourself the opportunity to discover some very rewarding music…”

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