Hyperion Records

The First World
composer
1992

Recordings
'Burgon: Choral Music' (CDH55421)
Burgon: Choral Music
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55421  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
No 1: As the angels stood
No 2: Apple Blossom  The first blossom was the best blossom
author of text
Collected Poems

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

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

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