Bingham, J: The Darkness Is No Darkness
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The Darkness Is No Darkness
British & American Choral Music
Sofia Vokalensemble, Bengt Ollén
A glorious collection of choral works from Britain and America, including works by Macmillan, Howells and Bingham. Also featured on this recording is an American composer, Whitacre, who has been taking the Choral world by storm. His compositions have been described as “works of unearthly beauty and imagination…with electric, chilling harmonies” This disc will surely bring this wonderful music out of the darkness and into the light.
“…Swedish group Sofia Vokalensemble… embrace this tradition as if they had grown up breathing the air of Westminster Abbey.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2009
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Bingham - Choral Music
“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.” MusicWeb International
“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.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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