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Choral Music - The Lost City: Lamentations Through the Ages (Sospiri, C. Watson)

Choral Music - The Lost City: Lamentations Through the Ages (Sospiri, C. Watson)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Christopher Watson

Conductor

Christopher Watson

Conductor

Christopher Watson

Soloist

Miranda Laurence

Soloist

Sospiri

Choral

Venue:

Eglise St Laurent, Roujan, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Venue

Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 62:25
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Choral Music - The Lost City: Lamentations Through the Ages (Sospiri, C. Watson)

     
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CECILIA MCDOWALL

1 

The Lord is Good

5:45
 Miranda Laurence Soloist
     
 

PABLO CASALS

2 

O vos omnes

3:35
 Christopher Watson Conductor
     
 

BIBLE - OLD TESTAMENT

3 

Lamentations

11:22
 Christopher Watson Conductor
     
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

4 

Sacred and Profane, Op. 91

2:00
 Christopher Watson Conductor
     
 

BIBLE - OLD TESTAMENT

 

Lamentations

 
5 Lamentation I 6:13
6 Lamentation II 4:01
7 Lamentation III 5:40
 Christopher Watson Soloist
     
8 

5 Motets

1:45
 Christopher Watson Conductor
     
 

JOHN MUNDY

9 

De lamentatione Jeremie

9:49
 Christopher Watson Conductor
     
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

10 

O vos omnes

5:38
 Christopher Watson Conductor
     
 

RUDOLF MAUERSBERGER

11 

Wie liegt die Stadt so wust

6:37
 Christopher Watson Conductor
     
 Christopher Watson Conductor


The Lamentations of Jeremiah may be unremittingly sad, but they have had a deep resonance for composers throughout the ages. This is a collection that reflects that diversity—from John Mundy’s setting, which highlights the grave concern over schisms in the Catholic church of the sixteenth century, through to Rudolph Mauersberger’s motet, which mourns the destruction of the city of Dresden in 1945. Two new pieces were commissioned especially for this project, and are recorded here for the first time: John Duggan’s haunting set of three Lamentations for choir, trumpet and solo soprano; and Cecilia McDowall’s exotic and powerful The Lord is Good, which was shortlisted for a BASCA award in 2012.

"Over the centuries, texts taken from the Lamentations of Jeremiah have inspired many composers, and this is no exception. Whether the lament is for Jerusalem or Dresden (post-second world war), whether it is displayed by a rich harmonic texture, an intricate polyphony, the lean sparseness of Britten and Cecilia McDowall or the mysticism of Vaughan Williams, each setting is unique. The intensity and beauty never falter when interpreted by this exceptional group of singers under Christopher Watson and the two outstanding soloists. Making up the programme are settings by Casals, Phinot, Ortiz, Mundy, Mauersberger and John Duggan, who adds a remembrance-like trumpet to this settings, giving added nuance to the text. Lamentations is a memorable recording."     ***** 
 
Choir & Organ - May 2013

"...I already raved about Elora’s latest disc of psalms and motets, but this program is more ambitious still. Over an hour of music revolving around the Lamentations of Jeremiah, with one of Britain’s finest new choirs and two new pieces just for this project? Yes, please! The choir has an absolutely stunning sound, aided by the marvelous acoustic provided while recording in France. The results are of the highest quality. If you love choral music, you’ll love this." 
 
Brian Wigman - Classical-Net - June 2013
 



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