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Madrigali: Fire and Roses

modern and ancient madrigals and works for small choir

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2011


Artists:

Paul Mealor


Con Anima Chamber Choir

choir

Venue:

St Mary's Chapel, Blairs, Aberdeen



Engineer:

Philip Hobbs



Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Choir


Contemporary

Total Time - 64:12
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MORTEN LAURIDSEN

 

Madrigali

 
1 I Ov'e, lass, il bel viso 3:10
     
2 II Quando son piu lontan 4:10
     
3 III Amor, io sento l'alma 2:03
     
4 IV Io piango 2:29
     
5 V Luci serene e chiare 2:53
     
6 VI Se per havervi, oime 3:40
     
 

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI

7 

Si per havervi, oime

2:08
     
 

CARLO GESUALDO

8 

Luce serene e chiare

3:24
     
 

VINCENZO RUFFO

9 

Io piango

2:34
     
 

GIROLAMO SCOTTO

10 

Amor, io sento l'alma

2:15
     
 

YVO BARRY

11 

Quando son piu lontan

1:29
     
 

HENRICUS SCHAFFEN

12 

Ov'e, lass. Il bel viso

3:17
     
 

PAUL MEALOR

 

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

 
13 I I. Now slleps the crimson petal 2:43
     
14 II II. Lady, when I behold the roses 2:35
     
15 III III. Upon a bank with roses set about 1:36
     
16 IV IV. A spotless rose 4:36
     
 

ANONYMOUS

17 

There is no rose

4:16
     
 

JOHN WARD

18 

Upon a bank with roses set about

2:40
     
 

JOHN WILBYE

19 

Lady, when I behold the roses

2:31
     
 

GUSTAV HOLST

20 

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

1:39
     
 

JAMES MACMILLAN

21 

So deep

2:39
     
 

MORTEN LAURIDSEN

22 

Chanson eloignee

5:25
     
  Con Anima Chamber Choir choir
 Paul Mealor


An intensely beautiful programme, delectably performed. Paul Mealor’s choir gives a stunning performance of original 16th century madrigals and some modern counterparts, including the fabulous Madrigali of Morten Lauridsen. Of Mealor, we have the awesomely beautiful ’Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ cycle, of which the first movement was personally chosen by Prince William and Kate Middleton (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) as the musical centerpiece of the April royal wedding service (re-set to the words of ’Ubi Caritas’)
This is the original version, conducted by the composer, and thus 100% authentic..

 

"...The engineers at Divine Art have done well in making you feel as though you are in a small hall listening to this wonderful choir."

Maria Nockin - Fanfare - September/October 2012


"...the singing by the choir is always perfectly tuned and beautifully recorded..."

Paul Corfield Godfrey - MusicWeb-Interntional.com - 12 May 2012


"...if you are interested in choral music in general, this CD is worth investing in for the impressive showcase it gives to contemporary chorale signing .."

D James Ross - Early Music Review  - April 2012


“A luminous collection, the showpiece is Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal by Paul Mealor... an impressive choral work that superbly combines the clean and open harmonies of the Renaissance with the more distant harmonic intervals of today. The blend of voices is in perfect equilibrium. The sound recording... wraps you in a warm blanket of sound.”

Jean-Yves Duperron - Classical Music Sentinel - November 2011


"Fire and Roses is a golden blend of a cappella repertoire, both ancient and modern, sung by the fresh voices of Aberdeen’s Con Anima Chamber Choir under its director Paul Mealor. Mealor’s own music is featured in the juicy atmospherics of his short choral cycle, Now sleeps the crimson petal. So are two beautifully crafted works by the American composer Morten Lauridsen, including the disc’s title track Madrigali, vivid modern settings of Italian Renaissance poems that harness echoes of Monteverdi. Genuine Renaissance madrigals by the stylistically anarchic Gesualdo, John Wilbye and others, including Monteverdi himself, are complemented by more recent settings by Holst and James MacMillan." ****

Kenneth Walton - The Scotsman
 




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