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Track(s) taken from CDA67576
Recording details: January 2006
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 9 minutes 0 seconds

'David Hill's Advent programme imaginatively mingles antiphons, carols, hymns and motets. Favourites alternate with relative rarities such as Edward Naylor's Vox dicentis: Clama, whose sumptuous sonorities unfold gloriously in the chapel's acoustic … the John's choir, fielding what sounds like a vintage crop of trebles, sings throughout with its trademark mixture of refinement and gutsy energy' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This recording holds some of the most exquisite choral singing I have ever heard. They must be one of the finest choirs in England. Not only is the technical standard dazzlingly high, but the readings are engaging, animated and sensitively shaped' (American Record Guide)

'Blend, balance, intonation and diction are all unfailingly top-drawer, and the choir's unanimity of phrasing and dynamic shading come across as something quite special … both engineering and annotation are well up to the same standard' (Fanfare, USA)

'This is a very fine disc indeed … the overall impression with which I’m left is one of great satisfaction and pleasure. The programme has been assembled with great imagination and the execution is well nigh flawless. When one adds in excellent and very atmospheric sound, first rate notes and texts and translations, it all adds up to a very distinguished package indeed. I shall be surprised if I encounter a finer CD of Christmas music this year' (MusicWeb International)

Vox dicentis: Clama
composer
1911, for King's College Cambridge
author of text
Isaiah 40: 6-11

Other recordings available for download
St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This is the motet Vox dicentis: Clama by Edward Naylor (1867–1934), who was organist of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Apart from an extensive body of church music, he also wrote an opera (The Angelus, performed at Covent Garden in 1904), was one of the earliest advocates of musical authenticity, and an authority on Shakespeare and music. Vox dicentis: Clama was composed in 1911 for King’s College, Cambridge, and sets texts from Isaiah describing the voice of one crying out in the wilderness. It is an extended work, in four distinct sections, with the choral textures frequently dividing into lush eight-part writing that consciously used the resonant acoustic of King’s chapel. The striking opening is almost operatic with a declamatory bass line and dramatic interjections from the rest of the choir. Particularly effective too is the final pastoral-like section, which features a solo treble setting words dwelling on the image of Christ the Good Shepherd, and an ending exploiting harmonic suspensions of caressing beauty.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2006


Other albums featuring this work
'The English Anthem, Vol. 1' (CDA66374)
The English Anthem, Vol. 1

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