Weir: Drop down, ye heavens, from above

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Drop down, ye heavens: Advent antiphons for choir & saxophone

Drop down, ye heavens: Advent antiphons for choir & saxophone


Allain:

O Day-spring

Allwood:

O Virgin of virgins

Certon:

O Adonai

Despres:

O virgo virginum

Kaner:

O Adonai

Miksch:

There is no rose

Mornable:

O clavis David

Pott:

O Key of David

Praetorius, M:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Rathbone, S:

O Root of Jesse

Todd:

O Wisdom

Turnbull, S M:

O Emmanuel

Weir:

Drop down, ye heavens, from above

Wilson, G:

O King of the Nations


Sam Corkin (saxophones)

Siglo de Oro, Patrick Allies

Siglo de Oro’s first commercial recording sees the choir and its director Patrick Allies in collaboration with saxophonist Sam Corkin. Their intriguing programme highlights the saxophone's natural kinship with the human voice, as well as the endless expressive possibilities which this versatile instrument stimulates in the imaginations of modern composers. Its athletic vigour launches Will Todd’s O Wisdom, the first of eight settings of the Advent antiphons in English which, having been commissioned by the present artists, now form the backbone of this recording. Elsewhere the instrument soars above the voices’ urgent prophecy and imploration, while the choir is heard unaccompanied in glowing renditions of sixteenth-century polyphony – works by Pierre Certon, Antoine de Mornable, Michael Praetorius and Josquin des Prez, whose music complements the atmosphere of quiet expectancy proper to Advent. -

“a debut with a difference... A novel, ungimmicky project, vividly executed” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016

“Invigorating… Professional London startups can sound frustratingly generic but this one hits you with its character and depth” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“This marvellous disc offers a stimulating new slant on the music of Advent. Don’t pass it by as “just another Christmas disc”. This is highly original and superbly performed. Siglo de Oro have made a most auspicious debut on disc” MusicWeb International, December 2016

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Advent at Merton

Advent at Merton


 

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming

arr. David Blackwell

Byrd:

Rorate coeli desuper (from Gradualia 1605)

Ecce virgo concipiet

Dubra:

O Radix Jesse

Ešenvalds:

O Emmanuel

Heiller:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Jackson, Gabriel:

O Clavis David

MacDowell:

O Oriens

MacMillan:

Advent Antiphon

Martin, M:

Ecce concipies

O Rex Gentium

Praetorius, M:

Hymnus in adventu domini (Alvus tumescit virginis)

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

arr. Jan Sandström

Skempton:

O Sapientia

Tavener:

O Adonai

Victoria:

Ave Maria

Weir:

Drop down, ye heavens, from above


The beginning of Advent is celebrated with a particular solemnity at Merton. For its second recording the college choir explores the musical riches that adorn this most special time in the church’s year, centring on a newly commissioned sequence of Magnificat antiphons from seven leading composers. Founded in 2008, the new Choir of Merton College, Oxford is led by newly appointed Organist and full-time Director of Music Benjamin Nicholas, and Reed Rubin Director of Music Peter Philips. The choir is rapidly emerging as a major force in collegiate choral music. The disc is recorded in the beautiful environs of Merton College Chapel, which has stood at the heart of the College as a place of worship for almost 750 years.

“At the heart of this Advent service is a set of seven antiphons specially commissioned from seven composers for Merton College chapel. They work splendidly as a sequence...Peter Phillips and Benjamin Nicholas elicit high levels of technical and expressive achievement from their student charges.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ****

“The most notable chapel choir offering [this Christmas]...All the music is radiant, all of it is unexpected, including a set of seven Advent antiphons commissioned by the chaplain...and comes from a choir that's gone from being a minor player in Oxbridge choral music to becoming one of the most exciting groups in its area” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

“an absorbing programme including seven Advent Antiphons commissioned for the choir by the Revd Dr Simon Jones … The quality of the singing throughout is very high – this is an immensely accomplished and responsive mixed-voice choir … This disc is an impressive achievement in every way … Delphian’s recorded sound is beautiful.” International Record Review, December 2012

“One of a handful of recordings that will stand head and shoulders above the flood of discs of music for the 2012 Christmas season” MusicWeb International, 31st October 2012

“This richly varied collection of mainly contemporary music for Advent, most of it directed by Nicholas, is exquisitely sung...a fine seasonal disc.” Sunday Times, 23rd December 2012

“a satisfyingly solemn, serious affair. Here, the Advent progression from hushed anticipation to bright, hopeful light is given extra weight by the varied choice of material sung...the mixture of settings ancient and modern succeeds beautifully...Lovely, in other words.” The Arts Desk, 22nd December 2012

“The fresh, well-blended voices show vitality and drill, but the basses, in particular, bloom beautifully in James MacMillan's Advent Antiphon and John Tavener's O Adonai.” The Observer, 21st October 2012

“The singing is fresh and opulent, and delivered with a clarity and precision that sits pleasingly with the resonant ambience of the recordings.” The Scotsman, October 2012

“The radiant young voices, sumptuous acoustics and quality items s should make for gripping listening all year round.” The Times, 14th December 2012

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Judith Weir: Choral Music

Judith Weir: Choral Music

recorded in the presence of the composer


Weir:

Psalm 148

My Guardian Angel

Vertue

Ascending Into Heaven

little tree

Wild Mossy Mountains

for organ

a blue true dream of sky

Madrigal

Human Hymns (2)

Illuminare, Jerusalem

Drop down, ye heavens, from above

Love Bade Me Welcome

Ettrick Banks

for organ


Matthew Fletcher and Annie Lydford (organ)

Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Geoffrey Webber (director)

In the first recording devoted entirely to Judith Weir’s choral music, the Choir of Gonville & Caius explores her evolving relationship with the medium, from her earliest liturgical commission to the most recent, which was premiered in 2009. Also included in this comprehensive collection are several secular pieces and her two organ works, which are now established classics of the repertoire. The athleticism, intensity and clarity that are hallmarks of the choir’s singing are ideally suited to Weir’s strikingly original, approachable and fascinating music.

“The Choir of Gonville and Caius College is particularly good, and this recital, containing Weir’s entire corpus for unaccompanied choir or for choir accompanied by single instrument, only enhances its reputation. Weir embeds herself deeply within every text she sets, and she chooses carefully” Sunday Times, 28th August 2011

“ This impeccably performed disc by the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge conducted by Geoffrey Webber displays [Weir's] gifts to best advantage...From the dense chords of "Prayer" to the elliptical effects of "Ascending into Heaven" and the folk colours of "Madrigal", composer and choir alike excel.” The Observer, 28th August 2011

“Every syllable of the text is distinct in these performances, and the textures never waste a note. It's a beautifully crafted body of work, a model of choral understatement that other contemporary British choral composers could well learn from.” The Guardian, 6th October 2011 ***

“The freshness and precision of Weir's writing is perfectly matched by the well tuned, clearly articulated singing of Geoffrey Webber's Gonville & Caius Choir...Nearby Jesus College Chapel provides an ideal acoustic for the beautifully judged recording, and its Kuhn organ offers Matthew Fletcher some pellucid colours for two modest, effective solo organ pieces inspired by Weir's native Scotland. Highly recommended.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 *****

“As several of the items on this disc illustrate, Judith Weir has always been well able to conform to the conventions of, say, the King's College Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols without losing all sense of identity and purpose in the process...The undeniable advantage is provided by the new (2007) Jesus College organ, whose rumbling basses and raw, reedy tone colours are ideal for Wild Mossy Mountains and Ettrick Banks.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2011

“This selection of Weir’s choral music — a genre she has rather made her own — includes some lovely and literary inspirations.” Sunday Times, 24th June 2016

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