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Bowls by Charlie Baird (b1955)
Track(s) taken from CDA67650
Recording details: June 2011
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: April 2012
Total duration: 3 minutes 0 seconds

'Chilcott writes a tune of such beauty, one is totally beguiled. This disc of premiere recordings reveals the many sides of the composer. His skill, sincerity and practicality shine through … Matthew Owens coaxes scintillating performances from his choristers—it is a choir one would never tire of listening to' (Choir & Organ)

'There's plenty of fluid writing for the choir and two excellent soloists, whose interaction produces ravishing textures' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Chilcott's Requiem, mostly set to Latin texts, pays homage to its great predecessors yet has its own distinctive, serene, meditative quality, beautifully rendered by the mixed voices of Wells Cathedral Choir, Laurie Ashworth (soprano) and Andrew Staples (tenor)' (The Observer)

'This is music that is meant and deeply felt … Matthew Owens directs superlative performances from the choir, instrumentalists from the Nash Ensemble and organist Jonathan Vaughn. The engineering places us comfortably in that stunning building' (International Record Review)

'A lovely recording … this is a particularly gorgeous and uplifting work, delivered here with great sensitivity and eloquence. Owens ensures some crisp, immaculate entries, wonderful tonal purity and excitingly varied dynamics' (The Oxford Times)

Hail, star of the sea most radiant
composer
2009; dedicated to Salisbury Cathedral Choir; from the Salisbury Vespers; also published as No 4 of the Salisbury Motets
author of text
Sarum Primer, 1516

Introduction
Hail, star of the sea most radiant, written for Salisbury Cathedral Choir, brings to the fore another of Chilcott’s talents: a knowledge of the voice that results in an immensely joyous, natural and, above all, intensely singable outpouring of celebration that is both infectious and memorable.

from notes by Jonathan Wikeley 2012

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