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Track(s) taken from CDA67650

When to the temple Mary went

2009; dedicated to Sarum Voices; from the Salisbury Vespers; also published as No 2 of the Salisbury Motets
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Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens (conductor)
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Recording details: June 2011
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: April 2012
Total duration: 4 minutes 39 seconds

Cover artwork: Bowls by Charlie Baird (b1955)


'Chilcott writes a tune of such beauty, one is totally beguiled. This disc of premiere recordings reveals the many sides of the composer. His skill, sincerity and practicality shine through … Matthew Owens coaxes scintillating performances from his choristers—it is a choir one would never tire of listening to' (Choir & Organ)

'There's plenty of fluid writing for the choir and two excellent soloists, whose interaction produces ravishing textures' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Chilcott's Requiem, mostly set to Latin texts, pays homage to its great predecessors yet has its own distinctive, serene, meditative quality, beautifully rendered by the mixed voices of Wells Cathedral Choir, Laurie Ashworth (soprano) and Andrew Staples (tenor)' (The Observer)

'This is music that is meant and deeply felt … Matthew Owens directs superlative performances from the choir, instrumentalists from the Nash Ensemble and organist Jonathan Vaughn. The engineering places us comfortably in that stunning building' (International Record Review)

'A lovely recording … this is a particularly gorgeous and uplifting work, delivered here with great sensitivity and eloquence. Owens ensures some crisp, immaculate entries, wonderful tonal purity and excitingly varied dynamics' (The Oxford Times)
When to the temple Mary went offers another example of memories and tradition making their presence felt in Chilcott’s work: the words are the translation by the Victorian priest John Troutbeck of Johannes Eccard’s Maria wallt zum Heiligtum, a metrical setting of the presentation of Christ in the temple—the English translation still far more popular in Anglican churches than the German. The comparison with Eccard ends there, however; with its unsettling harmonies and restless temperament, this setting looks to troubled times ahead.

from notes by Jonathan Wikeley © 2012

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