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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: 6 minutes 16 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)

Neišeik, saulala 'Don't leave me, sun'
composer
2007; commissioned by Maris Sirmais and the Latvian Youth Choir Kamer as part of the World Sun Songs project; with skuduciai (Lithuanian panpipes)
author of text

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Neišeik, saulala (Don’t leave me, sun) was written in 2007 for the Latvian Youth Choir Kamer. Miškinis was one of seventeen composers commissioned as part of a large World Sun Songs project. Each composer was asked to consider the impact of the sun in their own lives. Intent on creating a piece imbued with the spirit of Lithuanian folklore Miškinis utilizes a fragment of a familiar Shepherd Song The sun, my mother. This melancholy song is an elderly mother’s prayer for her only son to return after twenty-five years of service in the army. Lithuanian panpipes, called skuduciai, play alongside the voices of the choir providing, the composer states, ‘an acoustic element, not an accompaniment’. The result is a musical ritual which can be developed by visual action from the choir.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2010

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