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Tree by Charlie Baird (b1955)
Track(s) taken from CDA67818
Recording details: January 2010
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: November 2010
Total duration: 5 minutes 17 seconds

'His music has a timeless and highly atmospheric quality. Textures and nuances are used with great perception … the effect on the listener is best summed up as being one of 'contemplative meditation'. Rupert Gough has wrought wonders with his Egham choristers. Their tone glows warmly, with a firm bass-line and bell-like top soprano and tenor lines. Pitching is spot-on and climaxes are beautifully controlled  … the sumptuous swimming acoustic of St Alban's, Holborn, is perfect for this delicious music' (Gramophone)

'Vytautas Miškinis might be the best thing to happen to choral societies since Morten Lauridsen … the Choir of Royal Holloway sing with excellent intonation and blend' (International Record Review)

'The clarity and translucence of Royal Holloway's young voices, expertly trained and throroughly prepared for this demanding job, ideally suits Miškinis' infinitely subtle art. Gough and his choristers are outstanding … exquisite in their hypnotic contrasts and folk-like purity' (Classic FM Magazine)

Pater noster
composer
1994; Vilnius; published in 1999
author of text
Luke 11: 2b-4

Other recordings available for download
Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Vytautas Miškinis’s Pater noster opens with pulsing cluster-chords; the effect is hushed and expectant. Gradually, unsynchronized entries in the lower parts build a static, aleatoric texture whose glowing E minor modality is subtly piqued by G sharps from the basses. The mood is prayerful and meditative. There is one ecstatic fortissimo outburst but elsewhere the dynamic rarely rises above pianissimo; the gentle pulsation is ever-present and, shepherded by a lone soprano’s endlessly repeated Amens, the work eventually recedes into inaudibility.

from notes by Gabriel Jackson © 2010


Other albums featuring this work
'Baltic Exchange' (CDA67747)
Baltic Exchange

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