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Choral Music: Exultate Singers - PANUFNIK, R. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / TAVENER, J. / GORECKI, H. / MANTYJARVI, J. / NYSTEDT, K. (All Shall be Well)

Choral Music: Exultate Singers - PANUFNIK, R. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / TAVENER, J. / GORECKI, H. / MANTYJARVI, J. / NYSTEDT, K. (All Shall be Well)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Ogden, David


David Ogden

Conductor

Richard May

Soloist

David Ogden

Soloist

Oliver Condy

Soloist

Exultate Singers



Venue:

St George's, Bristol, UK



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 60:07
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Choral Music: Exultate Singers - PANUFNIK, R. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / TAVENER, J. / GORECKI, H. / MANTYJARVI, J. / NYSTEDT, K. (All Shall be Well)

     
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ROXANNA JULIAN OF NORWICH

1 

All Shall be Well

7:26
 Richard May Soloist
     
 

GUSTAV HOLST

2 

Nunc dimittis

2:53
 Oliver Condy Soloist
     
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

3 

Valiant for Truth

4:53
 David Ogden Conductor
     
 

SERGEI RACHMANINOV

4 

All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers"

2:24
 David Ogden Conductor
     
 

JOHN TAVENER

5 

Svyati, "O Holy One"

10:59
 David Ogden Soloist
     
 

HENRYK GORECKI

6 

Totus Tuus, Op. 60

8:06
 David Ogden Conductor
     
 

JAAKKO MANTYJARVI

7 

O magnum mysterium

4:17
 David Ogden Conductor
     
 

ROLAND BOUHERET

8 

Hymne a la Vierge, Op. 24

3:47
 David Ogden Conductor
     
 

KNUT NYSTEDT

9 

Stabat Mater, Op. 111

15:22
 David Ogden Soloist
 Ogden, David


 This wide-ranging programme offers connections and contrasts in music of devotion and consolation. The settings by life-long friends Holst and Vaughan Williams, whilst very different, are highly affecting. The music of Rachmaninov, whose hymn derives from his 1915 All-Night Vigil, and John Tavener is immersed in the ritual of the Russian Orthodox Church. Marian Prayers come from Pierre Villette and Knut Nystedt. The music that gives its name to the title of the disc is the beautiful ‘conversation’ of Roxanna Panufnik.

 
"Roxanna Panufnik’s All Shall be Well was commissioned by the choir to mark the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s one of three pieces on the programme for which the choir, which otherwise sings unaccompanied throughout, is joined by cellist Richard May. The composer describes her work as a “conversation” between the two texts. The singers are divided into two a cappella choirs, separated ...by the cellist. The result is a most interesting and effective piece ...The performance seems to be very committed and certainly convinced this listener. The other two works that feature the cellist are those by Tavener and Nystedt. The Tavener effectively offers a mélange of his Orthodox-influenced choral music and The Protecting Veil. The choral writing is hypnotic and rather beautiful while the cello part, which May plays superbly, is often impassioned. David Ogden directs the choir very well indeed and they are splendidly prepared... the fluent tempo for Pierre Villette’s exquisite little miniature seems ideal to me and the popular Rachmaninov piece is very well done; the fervour is built impressively as the music unfolds. On this showing the Exultate Singers are a very good choir and the enterprise of their programme is highly commendable. The recorded sound is good and the documentation will be helpful to anyone coming new to some or all of this music..."
 
John Quinn - MusicWeb-International.com - November 2012

"This is a beautifully sung account with a fine narrative sense and scrupulous attention to the composer’s dynamic markings…Richard May’s cello playing in all three works is outstandingly fine and his contribution is one of the great strengths of the disc. The recording is full and rich, beautifully balanced and clear, with an attractive church acoustic…Choral enthusiasts to whom the programme appeals shouldn’t hesitate." 
 
William Hedley - International Record Review - September 2012
 

"The works incorporating Richard May’s sonorous cello playing are of particular interest. Knut Nystedt’s 15-minute Stabat Mater is an emotionally rich treatment of that familiar medieval text, with the cello adding both passion and compassion to the Virgin’s ordeal at the foot of the cross. I also can recommend Roxanne Panufnik’s churning but comforting ‘All Shall Be Well’, a work dedicated to her father, the composer."
 
Philip Greenfield - American Record Guide - September 2012
 

"Blend, unanimity, dynamics: this CD is gratifyingly strong on eternal verities of good choral singing…The same ability to see a work whole, and mark its structural progress with telling interpretive signposts, characterises conductor David Ogden’s shaping of Vaughan Willliams’s unaccompanied motet Valliant for Truth…Overall, this imaginatively programmed disc marks the Exultate Singers out as a choir to be reckoned with ..."     ****

Terry Blain - BBC Music Magazine - August 2012




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