Chilcott’s mighty setting of words from St John’s Gospel is a dramatic yet optimistic retelling of the Passiontide story. The work combines 13th and 17th century English poetry with the King James Bible text settings and, as with Bach’s great Passion settings, the role of the Evangelist is taken by the tenor soloist, who provides a melodious narrative throughout. Including 5 well- known hymn texts set to new, original melodies, the work further confirms Chilcott’s status as one of the world’s most popular active choral composers.
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Flight is the stunning new album of works from British composer Oliver Davis (b.1972), composed for and in collaboration with violinist Kerenza Peacock. Flight captures the spirit of movement and energy present in many of Davis’s compositions, which have led to frequent collaborations with groups such as the Royal Ballet and a great number of TV commissions. On disc these works are performed by Kerenza alongside the London Symphony Orchestra under conductor Paul Bateman.
Ranked among Opera Now’s ‘Top 10 High Flyers – a new generation of sopranos destined to have impressive careers in 2014’, rising operatic soprano Ilona Domnich releases her debut Signum album. Comprising arias and songs from her operatic heroines, including Gilda from Verdi’s Rigoletto; Magda from Puccini’s La Rondine; and Rosina from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Domnich is joined by Italian baritone Leo Nucci and Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Simon Over.
‘The Calder Quartet played the most insightful and moving performance of Thomas Adès’s Arcadiana I have ever heard.’ – The Guardian
Los Angeles based string quartet The Calder Quartet releases an album of works by Thomas Adès, including the British composer’s first ever work for string quartet, Arcadiana; The Four Quarters (World Premiere Recording) and Adès’s single movement Piano Quintet with Adès himself at the piano.