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SIG 144

Remoter Worlds

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

David Hill


Stephen Charlesworth

baritone

Edward Price

bass

Iain Farrington

chamber organ

Deborah Miles-Johnson

mezzo-soprano

Iain Farrington

organ

Richard Benjafield

percussion

Chris Brannick

percussion

Margaret Feaviour

soprano

Olivia Robinson

soprano

Alison Smart

soprano

Robert Johnston

tenor

Edward Goater

tenor

Stephen Jeffes

tenor

Christopher Bowen

tenor

Krysia Osostowicz

violin

Andrew Murgatroyd

whistler

Jennifer Adams-Barbaro

whistler

BBC Singers



Venue:

St Pauls Church, Knightsbridge, London

25th & 31st Jan & 1st Feb 2008

Producer:

Michael Emery



Engineer:

Marvin Ware



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Choir


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 71:32
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JUDITH BINGHAM

   
1 

Gleams of a Remoter World

6:49
   
 

The Shepheardes Calender

 
2 Winter 3:57
3 Spring 4:18
4 Autumn 2:44
   
5 

Water Lilies

7:03
   
 

Irish Tenebrae

 
6 My Lagan Love 4:15
7 The Road to Sligo 3:34
 Edward Goater tenor
8 

The Crying of the Women at the Slaughter

5:15
   
9 

The Wake: Round the House and Mind the Dresser

2:01
 Edward Goater tenor
 Stephen Charlesworth baritone
 Edward Price bass
10 

I Have a Secret to Tell

4:28
 Stephen Jeffes tenor
 Andrew Murgatroyd whistler
11 

I Know My Love

2:24
12 

The Sailor Boy

6:00
 Olivia Robinson soprano
 Krysia Osostowicz violin
 Iain Farrington chamber organ
 Richard Benjafield percussion
 Chris Brannick percussion
13 

Unpredictable but Providential

3:35
 Christopher Bowen tenor
14 

Beneath these Alien Stars

3:45
 Alison Smart soprano
 Iain Farrington organ
 

Ghost Towns of the American West

 
15 I Speak Out of the Desert 3:33
16 The Gray Mask High in the Mountains 4:20
 Margaret Feaviour soprano
 Deborah Miles-Johnson mezzo-soprano
 Robert Johnston tenor
 Jennifer Adams-Barbaro whistler
17 

The Voices of the Multitude

3:31
 Margaret Feaviour soprano
 Christopher Bowen tenor
   


The BBC Singers, led by David Hill, are the UK’s only full-time professional chamber choir, and their repertoire and virtuosic versatility are almost boundless. The BBC Singers regularly work with the BBC’s own orchestras as well as a number of period instrument and contemporary ensembles both in concert and in the recording studio.

This disc features the compositional talent of one of the BBC Singer’s former members, Judith Bingham. Bingham is considered a talented all-round composer, having written for a variety of different ensembles including symphonic wind ensembles, brass bands and solo instrumentalists, Despite this she is best known for her choral work, in which she has been commissioned by such ensembles as The King’s Singers, the BBC Symphony Chorus and King’s College Choir, Cambridge, She has won numerous awards including the Barlow Prize for a cappela music and three British Composer awards.

 

"Judith Bingham is a former member of the BBC Singers, so it of no surprise to discover that she writes so effectively for chamber choir, each piece idiomatic yet challenging, and large with meaning. There’s the expressive, mystic, alpineinspired Gleams of a Remoter World. There’s the hope-filled Water Lilies, the sense of awe in Ghost Towns of the American West, a touching allegory of sin and forgiveness in the Shepheardes Calendar. Most powerful of all, however, is the by turns poignant and angry cycle Irish Tenebrae. Under David Hill’s direction, this superb choir gives precise, passionate and powerful readings."   ***

Stephen Pettitt

The Times - January 2009

"No reservations about this disc of compositions by a former member of the BBC Singers, except to wonder if the title may be a turn-off for some collectors?

I have been aware of Judith Bingham as a successful and eclectic composer in several genres, but this superbly devised programme places her firmly in the forefront of contemporary choral composers.

There are settings of striking poems by Shelley, Spenser, Yeats, Lamb, Symons, Frost and the American pioneer poet Vesta Pierce Crawford, as well as one by Bingham herself. Bingham has a special gift, which reminded me of Britten’s, for selecting apt and memorable poems to set. Having had that thought, I was pleased to note that one of the songs had words by Auden and was premiered by the Britten Singers.

Full texts are provided and following them is essential for proper appreciation. Mostly the songs are meditations upon the poems, without any expectation that the words should be easy, or indeed possible, for listeners to follow by ear alone. Many of them, and the settings, are gems and the whole sequence is one that I have quickly returned to and heard twice through. The notes by Judith Bingham herself are pertinent and interesting.

This is a very classy production. Several of the BBC Singers are featured as soloists, all of them predictably excellent, and there are in some of the items distinguished musicians providing obbligatti for violin, percussion, organ - and whistlers !

This is a choral CD to treasure, one of the year’s best."

Peter Grahame Woolf

MusicalPointers.co.uk - November 2008

"The BBC Singers and Judith Bingham are a wonderful collaboration and this new album is not to be missed."

Ed Breen

Musical Criticism.com - 12 January 2009

"It’s fitting that the BBC Singers should be in the driving seat for a disc celebrating almost a decade and a half of Judith Bingham’s choral music. A one-time alto in the choir, in 2004 she became its associate composer - though the disc celebrates other enduring relationships on both sides of the Atlantic. Grounded in a capacious choral tradition, Bingham swims naturally and artfully in the medium, yet she has a love of language and a nose for ferreting out inspiring texts and pushes her settings beyond mere facility coasting on effortless technique. The range is striking - nature an abiding nourishment. Irish Tenebrae marries folk material with an extended meditation on violence and forgiveness, Beneath these Alien Stars is Bingham’s response-in-miniature to 9/11,The Shepheards Calendar weaves a three seasons cycle with an arcane starting point, while Water Lilies explores, with an almost neo-expressionist density, healing and renewal. Twice revised, Irish Tenebrae is the longest, most ambitious (and arguably problematic) work on the disc, but throughout, the BBC Singers do their erstwhile colleague proud, David Hill securing performances as flexible and multi-contoured as they are expressive and spatially-aware. The recorded sound is warm and natural jus like the music itself."     ****

Paul Riley

BBC Music Magazine - February 2009



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