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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: 4 minutes 26 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)

Tenebrae factae sunt
composer
15 March 1995; Vilnius; published in 2002
author of text
Fifth Responsory at Matins on Good Friday

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The emotional turmoil surrounding the death of Christ, as dramatically depicted in the Fifth Responsory for Good Friday, has inspired many choral composers. For his setting of Tenebrae factae sunt, Miškinis delivers a dramatic narrative. Particularly effective are the lamenting chords for ‘Deus meus’ and, following the angular and chromatic ‘ut quid me dereliquisti’, the serenity of ‘Et inclinato capite, emisit spiritum’. The piece begins and ends in a shroud of darkness weighed down with murky, tonally ambiguous chords.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2010

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