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Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

New choral work by Paul Mealor

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2011

Originally recorded in 2013


Paul Mealor

Con Anina Chamber Choir

Con Anima Chamber Choir


Philip Hobbs

Record Label
Divine Art




Total Time - 11:34
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Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal



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Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

1 I I. Now sleeps the crimson petal 2:44
  world premiere recording  
2 II II. Lady, when I behold the roses 2:35
  world premiere recording  
3 III II. Upn a bank with roses set about 1:36
  world premiere recording  
4 IV IV. A Spotless Rose 4:39
  world premiere recording  
 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.. 

“This is a fascinating collection of madrigals from various eras. Con Anima’s careful execution of each piece seems to add character. 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

 “Madrigali is a rewarding work. Rewarding but not easy to perform. Lauridsen’s style is quickly recognizable: richly consonant chords occasionally spiced with mild dissonances. Mealor’s writing is fundamentally conservative [but his] use of micropolyphony ... is not far from Ligeti. A very good performance by any standard.” 

Raymond S Tuttle - International Record Review

“This disc presents a very imaginative approach... obviously there is no competition in this sort of recital and the singing by the choir is always perfectly tuned and beautifully recorded.” 

Paul Corfield Godfrey -


“A golden blend of a cappella repertoire both ancient and modern. Juicy atmospherics. Rating **** ” 

Kenneth Walton -The Scotsman


“This is a must for anyone relishing the choral expression of passionate poetry across the ages.” 

Peter Palmer - Nottingham Post


“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


G Holmes