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SIG 285

Jonathan Dove - There Was A Child

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 48Khz

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra


Simon Halsey


Joan Rodgers

soprano

Toby Spence

tenor

CBSO Children's Chorus


CBSO Chorus


CBSO Youth Chorus



Venue:

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

18th June 2011

Producer:

Robin Tyson



Engineer:

Mike Hatch



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 50:54
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JONATHAN DOVE

1 

I am the song / Birth

6:59
2 

Childhood

4:53
3 

A Song About Myself

3:17
4 

From all the Jails the Boys and Girls

2:34
5 

Over the Fence

2:03
6 

All shod with steel

3:28
7 

Romance

4:22
8 

New Worlds / High Flight

11:32
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There Was a Child

11:46
   

Signum SIG 285

Dove: There Was a Child – Joan Rodgers, Toby Spence, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus, CBSO Children’s Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Halsey

Jonathan Dove wrote There Was a Child as a tribute to the memory of a friend’s son who had died young. Filled with both joyous celebration and heartfelt emotion, it is a big, warm-hearted modern masterpiece in the spirit of Britten and Vaughan Williams – following in an evergreen English tradition. This recording was made live in concert.

‘Jonathan Dove’s There Was a Child is a major addition to the choral repertoire, and will surely be taken up by societies up and down the country, perhaps with reduced orchestration for economy’s sake. Emotionally soul-baring, sharing an umbilical cord with Finzi’s Intimations of Immortality and even Dies Natalis, this panorama of a young life draws texts from so many fine poets and therefore demands consummate clarity of presentation.’

Birmingham Post



 "... The choirs and orchestra perform brilliantly under Maestro halsey’s baton ..."

Edward Greenfield - American Record Guide - March/ April 2013


                             Performance ****                     Recording ****

Paul Riley - BBC Music magazine - April 2013


"...this is a significant work, one of the most important works I have heard in the last decade. I was very touched by the music and the performance. Signum is to be thanked for taking the initiative to record this performance."

David A. McConnell - MusicWeb-International.com - 30 October 2012


"...This live recording,taken from the first performance in Birmingham under the inspired direction if Simon Halsey, could hardly be more powerful or evocative, with sharp defenition of the different textures, choral and orchestral, with children’s voices most moving of all."

Edward Greenfield - Gramophone magazine - November 2012


"...As for the performance, well one word will describe it: splendid...I’m delighted that this impressive work by one of Britain’s leading composers has made it onto disc so quickly. I hope that this first class recording will gain a wide audience for There Was a Child and that it will be taken up by other choirs and orchestras."
 
John Quinn - MusicWeb-International.com - 10 September 2012


"...The composer writes tuneful, accessible music, its roots lying within the great English choral tadition, and his use of three types of choir - adult, female youth and children - provides a diverse quality of sounds. Simon Halsey extracts the very best from the performers to give a sparkling interpretation of the work..."  ****

Shirley Ratcliffe - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2012




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