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Track(s) taken from SIGCD536

Ave maris stella

2014; SSATB; written for the Richard III Society, George Haynes and the St Peter's Singers
author of text
Hymn at First Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh (conductor)
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Recording details: June 2017
Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by Neil Hutchinson
Release date: May 2018
Total duration: 4 minutes 41 seconds

Other recordings available for download

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, Stephen Layton (conductor), Susannah Hill (soprano)


‘The vogue for pairing Renaissance and contemporary choral works is well established but this is a programme that draws the dialogue between the two repertories into fresh animation … performances are pristine: carefully balanced and always cleanly tuned, and a more muscular, characterful top line offers a welcome contrast to some of the ensemble’s English rivals’ (Gramophone)

‘Excellent recorded sound sets the seal on another outstanding issue from this outstanding team’ (BBC Music Magazine)
The repetitive, slightly jingly metre of this popular medieval hymn presents a challenge to the composer; Park does not attempt to camouflage the insistent metre but instead allows it to propel the music forward, retaining a pleasing simplicity in his melody (he acknowledges Grieg’s setting to be an influence), while clothing it with more sophisticated harmonies that would have delighted Francis Poulenc. The stanzas of the text are prefaced by bell-like repeated notes to the words ‘Ave maris stella’, rising from D via E flat and E natural to a final high G, leading to a luscious final Amen. Written in 2014, Ave maris stella is inscribed ‘for the Richard III Society, George Haynes and the St Peter’s Singers’.

from notes by John Rutter © 2018

Other albums featuring this work

Park: Choral works
Studio Master: CDA68191Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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