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This Church

Michael Finnissy's "This Church"

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Ixion


Michael Finnissy


Richard Jackson

baritone

St. Mary de Haura Handbell Ringers

Handbells

Jane Money

mezzo soprano

Larry Yates

narator

Tony Potter

narrator

Philip Adams

organ

St Mary de Haura Choir



Venue:

St Mary de Haura, Shoreham



Engineer:

David Lefeber



Record Label
Metier

Genre:

Choir


Contemporary

Total Time - 57:40
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This Church

 

MICHAEL FINNISSY

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1 I Part 1 16:16
2 II Part 2 19:34
3 III Part 3 14:05
4 IV Part 4 7:45
     
 Richard Jackson baritone
 Jane Money mezzo soprano
 Philip Adams organ
 Tony Potter narrator
 Larry Yates narator
  St. Mary de Haura Handbell Ringers Handbells
 Michael Finnissy


Michael Finnissy is among the leading composers of our generation, and this CD forms part of the Metier Finnissy cycle, still ongoing. Finnissy wrote "This Church" in 2001-3 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of St. Mary de Haura, New Shoreham, on the Sussex coast.  This church and the evolving community around it is typical of countless others across Britain. Its story exemplifies the history of Christianity from Norman times to the present.
 

“This is a remarkable document of a remarkable large-scale piece that, in all likelihood, won’t be performed again. this piece owes everything to the performers it was written for. The professionals sound like professionals, the amateurs sound like amateurs, and they are wonderful together. But it enjoys the additional virtues of a taut structure and some real passion and humanity. We’re lucky indeed they made this recording.”

Quinn

American Record Guide

                            ’The Wire Top CD’s of 2003’

“The courage of Finnissy’s This Church in challenging preconceived notions of new music stood out like a beacon”

Philip Clark

The Wire

“Texts of endless interest and fascination, the words … underpinned with evocative music which makes the whole greater than the sum of its disparate parts. an ambitious, but at the same time economical and unpretentious, oratorio for our times… utterly compelling”

Peter Grahame Woolf

Musical Pointers

“This music has grit and invention and documents a genuine situation: a cutting reproach to the glibness and ingratiation which seem to be the inevitable condiment to commerce.”

Ben Watson

The Wire

“The textures are always spare and the manner ritualistic, but the journey from "Kyng Edward the syxt" to the first world war is epic.”

Paul Driver

The Sunday Times



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