The First World


Adam’s fall and the corruption of paradise are central concerns of The First World, a diptych for unaccompanied choir infused with bold chromatic harmonies and delicate alterations of timbre and texture. Harmonic uncertainty prevails throughout As the angels stood. Anna and Clare Needham’s aphoristic verse, written during their childhood, is delineated by a call-and-response structure in which divided choral voices represent the company of angels and a tenor soloist projects the serpentine villain’s beckoning call.

from notes by Andrew Stewart 2006


Burgon: Choral Music
CDH55421Helios (Hyperion's budget label)


No 1: As the angels stood
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Track 11 on CDH55421 [2'06] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 2: Apple Blossom  The first blossom was the best blossom
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Collected Poems

Track 12 on CDH55421 [3'14] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

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