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Track(s) taken from CDA67575

In the silence of the night

composer
1995
author of text

Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Jeremy Summerly (conductor)
Recording details: March 1995
Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by David Trendell
Engineered by Paul Proudman
Release date: April 2006
Total duration: 14 minutes 45 seconds
 
1
Echo  [3'41]
2
Song  [6'20]
3
Mirage  [4'44]

Reviews

'Here's a vital and beautifully performed collection of modern a cappella choral music from a most excellent choir with a considerable recording history … it's not a surprise that Mr Summerly and his choir can handle fiendishly difficult modern music with all of the skill, authority and pleasing sound they bring to early music. Hyperion comes through again with a superior booklet and enviable recording quality' (American Record Guide)

'This disc offers considerable rewards in an admittedly parochial field, and also preserves a delectable snap-shot of the Schola Cantorum of Oxford on outstanding form, over a decade ago' (International Record Review)

'You may confidently invest in this disc. Its musical rewards are ample' (Fanfare, USA)
Ruth Byrchmore’s In the silence of the night comprises three settings of poems by Christina Rossetti. Rossetti’s work has been a lifelong source of inspiration to Byrchmore, particularly in terms of its bleakness, passion, and integrity. The meditative, sparse, and slow unfolding of ‘Echo’ pours into the impassioned homophonic plea at the opening of ‘Song’. ‘Mirage’ adds a restless, linear full-stop to the whole.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly 2006

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