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As one of Britain’s most respected and versatile musicians, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett has produced over 200 works for the concert hall, and 50 scores for film and television, as well as having been a writer and performer of jazz songs for over fifty years.
This disc of compositions and arrangements performed by the BBC Singers showcases some of his most popular and beguiling works for choir and voice, drawn from classical and jazz music and featuring his ever-popular work 'A Good Night'.
This new release on Signum with the BBC Singers follows two other composer-led discs: Remoter Worlds, featuring the music of Judith Bingham, and Choral Images, featuring the music of Sir Michael Tippett.
23rd August 2012
“Each shows the same craftsmanship and harmonic instincts; there's not a note out of place or a phrase that seems second-hand.”
“Bennett is a composer who writes splendidly for a cappella choir. He is discerning in his choice of texts. The music itself is sophisticated, accessible and seems beautifully conceived for voices..The singing on this disc is technically superb. The BBC Singers give virtuoso performances...Except ... To my ears this ensemble has a vibrato-heavy sound which has been a feature of their singing for years.”
“The part-writing is endlessly resourceful and inventive, without ever drawing attention to its own cleverness, and the word-setting is pointed; the late Bennett's ear for a melody had in no way deserted him in his eighth decade...[The BBC Singers'] standards of execution, under Paul Brough's empathetic direction, grace the entire programme.”
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