I Am The Song

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I Am The Song

Choral Music by Bernard Hughes

 BBC Singers
 Bernard Hughes

Following in Signum’s series of composer-led releases with the BBC Singers, this new disc represents the culmination of a collaboration between British composer Bernard Hughes and the choir that began in 2002. Combining modern poetry by E. E. Cummings and Siegfried Sassoon alongside Norse poetry, Hughes combines both ancient and modern elements into his compositions, which are ably performed by the BBC Singers under Paul Brough.


Bernard Hughes’s music has been performed at major venues in Britain and abroad and received a number of broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. He was runner-up at the 2009 British Composer Awards for the choral work The Death of Balder (featured on this recording).




What people are saying

 "I feel Signum are up to something very special in bringing these works to such an accessible fore. The introduction here - for me at least - to the work of composer Bernard Hughes is just a staggeringly good record." - Classical Nowhere, May 2016

 "This is an exceptional fine disc. Bernard Hughes' choral writing is innovative, melodic and always engaging. He could not have finer advocated for his choral music. I haven't heard the BBC Singers in finer voice than they are here." - The Classical Reviewer, June 2016

 "brave repertoire and spirited singing." - Choir & Organ, June 2016

"Compelling." - The Northern Echo, June 2016

BBC Singers

Paul Brough conductor


Release date: 1st Apr 2016
Order code: SIGCD451
Barcode: 635212045121

1.Two Choral Fanfares: Everyone sangBernard Hughes2.08
2.Two Choral Fanfares: I am the SongBernard Hughes1.10
3.Three Swans: The Bereaved SwanBernard Hughes1.39
4.Three Swans: The Silver SwanBernard Hughes1.24
5.Three Swans: RiddleBernard Hughes3.30
6.The winter it is pastBernard Hughes4.02
7.The Death of Balder: PrologueBernard Hughes0.32
8.The Death of Balder: Act OneBernard Hughes11.55
9.The Death of Balder: InterludeBernard Hughes3.08
10.The Death of Balder: Act TwoBernard Hughes10.18
11.anyone lived in a pretty how townBernard Hughes5.34
12.Revelation WindowBernard Hughes5.27
13.A Medieval Bestiary: PrologueBernard Hughes3.58
14.A Medieval Bestiary: The Beasts of the LandBernard Hughes1.25
15.A Medieval Bestiary: The PantherBernard Hughes4.20
16.A Medieval Bestiary: First SermonBernard Hughes0.51
17.A Medieval Bestiary: The Beasts of the WaterBernard Hughes1.23
18.A Medieval Bestiary: The WhaleBernard Hughes3.33
19.A Medieval Bestiary: Second SermonBernard Hughes0.49
20.A Medieval Bestiary: The Beasts of the AirBernard Hughes0.58
21.A Medieval Bestiary: The PhoenixBernard Hughes4.33
22.A Medieval Bestiary: Third SermonBernard Hughes2.38