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Sunset Flock by Charlie Baird (b1955)
Private Collection / By kind permission of Alistair Groom
Track(s) taken from CDA67881
Recording details: January 2011
Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: March 2012
Total duration: 8 minutes 6 seconds

'Hansson's music shows off the choir's strengths to great advantage … it is their confident and committed performance that warrants a recommendation from the objective listener' (Gramophone)

'There's some lovely five-part canonic writing for women's voices in the Benedictus … the glowingly expressive Som när handen, the brightly rippling Salve regina and the mellifluous, resonantly multi-part Endless border are particularly impressive' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This marvellous disc … not only pays tribute to the Swedish composer's fresh, melodic, choral writing but also to the uniformly excellent vocal ensemble at Royal Holloway under their inspirational director, Rupert Gough. On the basis of this disc, these performers are wholly inside Hansson's sonic world … highly recommended' (Choir & Organ)

'The music on this disc is consistently good; Hansson’s beginnings as an arranger of folk and popular song have helped him develop gifts as a writer of contemporary choral music that really does exert a grip … the musical processes are sophisticated but always easy to follow. Endless border is a compact, seven-minute marvel … Rupert Gough’s young choir make a glowing sound, recorded in an acoustic which gives them plenty of air but never clouds the detail' (TheArtsDesk.com)

Endless border
composer
2007; for chorus SSAATTBB & vocal ensemble SAATBB unaccompanied; composed for Singer Pur to perform at the Europa Cantat Singing Week in Ljubljana, Slovenia
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Endless border was written in 2007 for the Europa Cantat Singing Week in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the German vocal ensemble Singer Pur. For this piece Hansson uses a more expansive vocal canvas to create a large aural spectacle. A semi-chorus of six soloists is surrounded by a rich ten-part chorus and every opportunity is taken to exploit this spread of voices. As in other works, the text reveals itself slowly. Varied vocal techniques are also employed, such as splitting syllables across different voices and spoken vocalizations. The text is a poem written in English by Swedish writer Sun Axelsson, who died in 2011. Hansson was inspired to set this poem for its explorations of temporal boundaries.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2011

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