Please wait...

Hyperion Records

Click cover art to view larger version
Moonlight Departure (1998) by Richard Crichton (b1935)
Private Collection / Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Australia / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67976
Recording details: March 2010
St John's Church, Riga, Latvia
Produced by Normunds Slava
Engineered by Aivars Stengelis & Normunds Slava
Release date: January 2013
Total duration: 7 minutes 27 seconds

'Unquestionably the State Choir Latvia is a magnificent body of singers. They encompass a vast dynamic range and deliver words and music with impeccable precision and clarity … they thrill with their rhythmically compelling opening unisons, entice with their delicate chording … and soothe with their lilting harmonic underlay' (Gramophone)

'In The Voice of the Bard, which opens this Gabriel Jackson collection, the State Choir Latvija manages both a bristling ardour in its delivery of the text and a virtuoso response to the vocal demands of the setting … Jackson's long, soothingly lyrical arcs of melody are sensually shaped and executed with impressive corporate unanimity … an incandescent performance of the 40-part motet Sanctum est verum lumen sets the seal on this magnificent demonstration of the art of choral singing' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This disc is, quite simply, full of marvels … any listener will surely react with awe to the sheer splendour and choral daring, both from the composer and from the fabulous choir' (International Record Review)

'All the music is full of interest and is written with what we’ve come to expect from this composer; namely a highly imaginative ear for choral texture, great empathy for the human voice and tremendous responsiveness to texts. It’s hard—nay, impossible—to imagine these pieces receiving finer advocacy than they receive from the superb Latvian choir, who give one of the most memorable exhibitions of unaccompanied choral singing that I’ve heard for some time. If you factor in also that the recorded sound is splendid and the documentation up to Hyperion’s usual excellent standards then this disc can only be regarded as a pretty compelling proposition' (MusicWeb International)

Angeli, archangeli
composer
2007; commissioned by St Catharine's College Cambridge to mark St Catharine's Day 2007 and first performed by the college chapel choir under Edward Wickham on 25 November 2007
author of text
Antiphon at First Verspers on the Feast of All Saints
author of text
commissioned specially for Jackson's Angeli, archangeli

Introduction
Angeli, archangeli holds the tonal flavour of fifteenth-century English discant in its introductory triadic writing for divided choral sopranos and altos. The motet, written in 2007 for the Feast of St Catharine, binds together a kaleidoscopic array of contrapuntal and monophonic elements within the span of a single coherent structure. Its text combines the Latin antiphon at First Vespers for the Feast of All Saints with Colin Tan’s ‘They have turned the world inside out’, commissioned for the work by St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, to honour the institution’s patroness. Tan’s verse reflects on the martyrdom of early fourth-century St Catharine (or Catherine) of Alexandria, a pagan princess and Christian convert, tortured on the so-called breaking wheel before being beheaded. ‘I find the text interesting in its “reversal”’, comments Jackson, ‘the idea that, for the martyr, the desire for death is so great that for him or her—in this case St Catharine—living is in reality a death.’

from notes by Andrew Stewart 2013

Show: MP3 FLAC ALAC
   English   Français   Deutsch