I Am The Song

£12.00

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).

 

 
SKU: SIGCD451

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 sang – Bernard Hughes – 2.08
  2. Two Choral Fanfares: I am the Song – Bernard Hughes – 1.10
  3. Three Swans: The Bereaved Swan – Bernard Hughes – 1.39
  4. Three Swans: The Silver Swan – Bernard Hughes – 1.24
  5. Three Swans: Riddle – Bernard Hughes – 3.30
  6. The winter it is past – Bernard Hughes – 4.02
  7. The Death of Balder: Prologue – Bernard Hughes – 0.32
  8. The Death of Balder: Act One – Bernard Hughes – 11.55
  9. The Death of Balder: Interlude – Bernard Hughes – 3.08
  10. The Death of Balder: Act Two – Bernard Hughes – 10.18
  11. anyone lived in a pretty how town – Bernard Hughes – 5.34
  12. Revelation Window – Bernard Hughes – 5.27
  13. A Medieval Bestiary: Prologue – Bernard Hughes – 3.58
  14. A Medieval Bestiary: The Beasts of the Land – Bernard Hughes – 1.25
  15. A Medieval Bestiary: The Panther – Bernard Hughes – 4.20
  16. A Medieval Bestiary: First Sermon – Bernard Hughes – 0.51
  17. A Medieval Bestiary: The Beasts of the Water – Bernard Hughes – 1.23
  18. A Medieval Bestiary: The Whale – Bernard Hughes – 3.33
  19. A Medieval Bestiary: Second Sermon – Bernard Hughes – 0.49
  20. A Medieval Bestiary: The Beasts of the Air – Bernard Hughes – 0.58
  21. A Medieval Bestiary: The Phoenix – Bernard Hughes – 4.33
  22. A Medieval Bestiary: Third Sermon – Bernard Hughes – 2.38