Ave Maria: Music for Upper Voices

Ave Maria: Music for Upper Voices

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The St Catharine's Girls' Choir, Cambridge
Edward Wickham (conductor)

Following on from their acclaimed recording debut on ‘Nova! Nova!’ shared with the college choir of St Catharine’s College, The St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir, make their solo debut with a full album of recent works for upper voices, with their director Edward Wickham.

Entitled Ave Maria after the two settings of this text by Rebecca Clarke and Cecilia McDowall recorded here, this disc consists almost entirely of world premiere recordings. Also featured is Kenneth Leighton’s Missa Cornelia and John Tavener’s challenging Missa Brevis alongside sacred works from Diana Burrell, Joanna Marsh and Judith Bingham.

Album Booklet (PDF)

Tracklist

Diana Burrell (b. 1948)
Magnificat & Nunc dimittis
1. Magnificat
2. Nunc dimittis

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
3. Ave Maria

Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)
Missa Cornelia, Op. 81
4. Kyrie
5. Gloria
6. Sanctus & Benedictus
7. Agnus Dei

Judith Bingham (b. 1952)
8. God be in my head

9. Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

John Tavener (1944-2013)
Missa Brevis
10. Kyrie
11. Gloria
12. Sanctus
13. Agnus Dei

Cecilia McDowall (b. 1951)
14. Ave Maria

Stevie Wishart
Three Carols
15. Te Deum laudamus
16. Let’s be merry as bird on berry
17. Lullaby for Freya

Joanna Marsh (b. 1970)
Evening Canticles – St Paul’s Service
18. Magnificat
19. Nunc dimittis

'Highlights include Kenneth Leighton’s pungent Missa Cornelia (1980), but the most successful piece in this collection is Joanna Marsh’s 2010 St Paul’s Service, which imaginatively pulls the harmonic idioms of 16th-century choral music into attractive new polyphony, splendidly performed by these exceptionally well-trained singers.'

- The Observer

'Highlights include Kenneth Leighton’s pungent Missa Cornelia (1980), but the most successful piece in this collection is Joanna Marsh’s 2010 St Paul’s Service, which imaginatively pulls the harmonic idioms of 16th-century choral music into attractive new polyphony, splendidly performed by these exceptionally well-trained singers.'
The Observer

'An imaginitive disc of 20th-century and contemporary music [...] The young voices blend well, and sing with conviction and warmth'
BBC Music Magazine

'This is a beautiful collection of mostly sacred contemporary works for upper voices [...] There is much to be enjoyed here.'
Lark Reviews

'Edward Wickham has put together a programme which pleases when listened to casually and has a nice combination of harmonic spikiness and ear worms.'
Planet Hugill

Credits
© 2016 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2016 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10170
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262790748
Cover image: Cambridge at Night by Alex Brown