Signum SIG 311
The Seeds of Stars: Choral Works by Bob Chilcott – Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir,
The former King’s Singer Bob Chilcott conducts an array of his own choral works in a collaborative performance with the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir. Described by The Observer as ‘a contemporary hero of British Choral Music’, Bob Chilcott works tirelessly as a composer and choral conductor. August 2012 saw the first performance of The Angry Planet at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, and he has recently completed commissions for The Bach Choir, BBC Singers, and National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
"... Chilcott’s music is understandably popular with choirs, and while he adheres to a directly accessible style ... he has the skill to make everything just that little bit intruiging through an odd harmonic twist here or an unexpected melodic turn there... under Chilcott’s own direction, they [choir] are clearly very much at ease with this music... this is a choir whose sound is too richly enticing to need anything more than pleasing music and a sympthetic recording, both of which are much in abundance on this disc."
Marc Rochester - Gramophone magazine - April 2013
Performance **** Recording *****
"... The Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir ... emerges extremely positively from this opening sequence.Freshness of timbre, individuality in the four-voice sections and genuine versatility of interpretive approach are major characteristics. It clearly helps to have the composer, formerly a chorister of distinction, at the tiller: the performances sound absolutely secure in intent and unfussily authoritative... The recorded sound is excellent..."
Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - February 2013