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The Songs of Ronald Corp
This is the premiere recording of the songs of one of England’s best loved contemporary composers. Ronald Corp has composed settings of well-known poems by Whitman, Housman, Wordsworth, Blake and many others. Some of the songs are already well known and some are on the Associated Board syllabus. “….Mark Stone has it all, terrific technique, theatrical presence…” Classic FM Magazine
“the songs are nicely contrasted, and though the conservative idiom suggests music that could have been written in the 1930s, the results are always attractive...All told, a welcome disc to add to that of Corp's more substantial orchestral works.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011
“Mark Stone's elegant baritone, with his very clear diction, falls very enjoyably on the ear...The recording, made in Potton Hall in Suffolk, is top class, and I include in that the piano, which in the hands of Simon Lepper sounds like an absolutely equal partner...the whole planning and execution of this disc are designed gently to make us think, and smile” International Record Review, March 2011
“His idiom is unabashedly tonal, as far from modish as possible, but much stylishness and keen feeling are embedded in these 10 finely performed items, four of them song sets, six free-standers. Among the latter, the setting of Tennyson’s Break, Break, Break is notable.” Sunday Times, 9th January 2011 ***
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Pigs Could Fly
Twentieth-Century Music for Children’s Choir
Alexander Wells (piano)
The New London Children’s Choir, Ronald Corp
While children’s voices have been heard in church music for centuries, music specifically composed for young choristers is a relatively recent, and most welcome, development.
As the attractive and diverse music by the fourteen composers represented on this delightful recording shows, children’s choirs now have a wealth of outstanding repertoire to delight, challenge and initiate them into the world of music.
The Grammy award-winning New London Children’s Choir, founded by Ron Corp in 1991, has been described by the Financial Times as “excellent” and by The Independent as “terrific.”
They have performed in the UK, Europe and North America to critical acclaim and boast an impressive discography, including two recordings of music by Britten for Naxos (8553183 and 8557203).
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Ronald Corp - Forever Child and other Choral Music
Recorded at All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 26 & 28 November 2005
“The setting of Dover Beach stands out among this collection of agreeable, expertly fashioned choral works. Especially haunting is the third verse's melancholy "retreating to the breath of the night wind". The Four Elizabethan Lyrics (1994) are strongly characterised, the Missa San Marco is both memorable and economical, and the set of seven poems... is a moving commemoration of the life of a child fatally stricken by illness. The Voces Cantabiles sing clearly and with sensitivity; the Dutton recording is up to their customary high standard.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2006
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