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SIG 270

Shared Ground

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2011

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Jeffrey Skidmore


Philippe Honore

violin

Ex Cathedra



Venue:

Hawkesyard Priory

29-30 Jun & 1 Jul 2011

Producer:

Mark Brown



Engineer:

Julian Millard



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Vocal & Song




Total Time - 91:25
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ALEC ROTH

 

Earthrise

 
1 Part I: Man's Drive To Explore And Exploit 7:36
2 Part II: Contemplation Of The Earth Seen From Space 5:47
3 Part III: A Plea For True Wisdom And Understanding 11:28
   
 

Hymn To Gaia

 
4 Hymn To Gaia I (Homeric Text) 7:28
5 Hymn To Gaia II (Orphic Text) 6:08
   
6 

Sol Justitiae

4:00
   
 

Shared Ground

 
  Words by Vikram Seth  
7 1. Lost 3:50
8 2. Oak 4:32
9 3. And 3:56
10 4. Host 3:44
11 5. Flash 2:43
12 6. This 4:46
   
 

Ponticelli

 
13 1. Flat Bridge 3:35
14 2. Bridge Of Sighs 2:04
15 3. Arched Bridge 5:24
16 4. Bridge Of Sleepers 3:41
17 5. Rustic Bridge 7:30
   
18 

The Flower

3:13
   


Shared Ground is a set of works by the British composer Alec Roth, featuring several poems and sung texts by the Indian writer Vikram Seth. The title piece of the same name is inspired by Seth’s poetry following a decision to buy and live in the Old Rectory in Bemerton - the former home of the 17th-century poet and priest George Herbert. Other works on the album expand this idea of a shared home or dwelling, with Earthrise - the reflections of Apollo astronauts on viewing the planet from orbit - and Hymn to Gaia.
 

"After listening to these discs I was struck by the beautiful contours of Alec Roth’s music. It is all finely constructed, with a profound sense of line. Firmly tonal in base, Roth has a strong melodic gift and an ear for texture. No wonder Ex Cathedra like his music and have performed a considerable amount of it...The performances from Ex Cathedra under their conductor Jeffrey Skidmore are well nigh perfect. Alec Roth must be pleased with this highly polished and finished product."

Robert Hugill - musicweb-international.com - 12 April 2012


"... An excellent follow-up to Signum’s earlier disc of Roth’s Songs in Time of War. Warmly recommended."  *****

Philip Reed - Choir & Organ magazine - March/April 2012


"Alec Roth has collaborated with Ex Cathedra since 2007, and five of his works are immaculately sung here by the choir, including Shared Ground, with optional movements for solo violin included."  ****

Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - February 2012




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