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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 32 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)

Time is endless
composer
2007; Vilnius; commissioned by Jennifer Tham and the Singapore Youth Choir
author of text
from Gitanjali; September 1912; the author's own translation

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Miškinis has long held a fascination for the writings of the Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore and his Gitanjali (Song Offerings). These writings express a meditative metaphysical outlook, and Miškinis has set a number of these using Tagore’s own English translation. Time is endless was written in 2007 for the Singapore Youth Choir and is a good illustration of the composer’s desire to be led at all times by the text. Using traditional Romantic means of word-painting, he takes an unhurried approach, allowing ample time to contemplate the substance of each line of text. A serene dominant-seventh chord ending the work leaves time hanging in the air.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2010

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