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The First World

composer
1992

 
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

Recordings

Burgon: Choral Music
CDH55421

Details

No 1: As the angels stood
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Track 11 on CDH55421 [2'06]
No 2: Apple Blossom  The first blossom was the best blossom
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Collected Poems

Track 12 on CDH55421 [3'14]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67567 track 11

As the angels stood
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-56711
Duration
2'06
Recording date
23 February 2006
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Burgon: Choral Music (CDA67567)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: November 2006
    Deletion date: March 2010
    Superseded by CDH55421
  2. Burgon: Choral Music (CDH55421)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: March 2013
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