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Track(s) taken from CDA68299

There is a flower

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The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park (conductor)
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Recording details: January 2019
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: November 2019
Total duration: 3 minutes 56 seconds

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‘A delightful album by an all-male a cappella group is hard to come by—all too often they’re po-faced or schmaltzy; but this is neither. An elegant blend of old and new’ (BBC Music Magazine)

‘The close recording of the male-voice line-up of The Gesualdo Six on Christmas reveals the tightness of their ensemble in repertoire ranging from Praetorius to Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Tenor Joseph Wicks’ a cappella arrangement of Jonathan Harvey’s The Annnunciation and director Owain Park’s vibrant On the Infancy of our Saviour compliment well-chosen pieces, making for a delightful and informative listening experience—and a thoughtful stocking filler!’ (Choir & Organ)

‘What I love about this group—this is just their second disc—is it’s incredibly natural, it’s very forthright: they are so musical, so sensitive; we see straight through to the text … the way they listen to each other—the Tallis, these long phrases—I don’t know how they can sing it that slowly with so few singers. It really is miraculous! … I love that sense of magic that they get … not something kitsch and traditional and retrospective but something that has life in it’ (BBC Record Review)

„Unter dem schichten Titel 'Christmas' ist bei Hyperion allerdings alles andere als eine bloße Pflichtübung erschienen … gemeinsam verfügen sie [The Gesualdo Six] über eine reich sich verströmende Substanz, die Stimmen zeichnen klar, sind fein balanciert und zur edlen Verschmelzung fähig … in der Summe ist das ein eigenständiges, gelegentlich auch eigenwilliges Programm, mit schroffen, aber fruchtbaren stilistischen Wechseln auf engstem Raum“ (Klassik.com, Germany)» More
The wistful, unaccompanied There is a flower, to words by the fifteenth-century poet John Audelay, was written in the mid-1980s at the request of the legendary organist and choir director of St John’s College, Cambridge, George Guest. It was first sung at an Advent carol service—a form of service which had become (and remains) immensely popular in the heady musical climate of Cambridge University, especially given that undergraduates leave for home several weeks before the season of Christmas truly gets under way. The opening solo recalls the talents of a particularly fine treble in the St John’s Choir at the time in question, whose name nonetheless seems lost to posterity.

from notes by Andrew Green © 2001

Sur des mots de John Audelay, un poète du Xve siècle, le nostalgique There is a flower pour chœur seul vit le jour au milieu des années 80 à la demande de l’organiste et chef de chœur de St John’s College de Cambridge, le légendaire George Guest. Sa première audition eut lieu au cours d’un service de carols de l’Avent—une forme de service qui est devenu (et demeure) immensément populaire dans le climat intensément musical de l’Université de Cambridge, d’autant plus que les étudiants quittent le campus plusieurs semaines avant que la saison de Noël ne débute à proprement parler. Le solo initial rappelle les talents d’un jeune sopraniste de l’époque appartenant au chœur de St John’s don’t le nom n’est toutefois pas passé à la postérité.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Green © 2001

Das wehmütige, unbegleitete There is a flower, dessen Text von John Audelay stammt, einem Dichter des fünfzehnten Jahrhunderts, wurde Mitte der 1980er Jahre auf Bitten von George Guest komponiert, dem legendären Organisten und Chorleiter am St. John’s College Cambridge. Es wurde zum ersten Mal bei einem Carol Service zu Advent gesungen—einer Form des Gottesdienstes, die im berauschenden musikalischen Klima der Universität Cambridge vor allem deshalb ungeheuer populär geworden war (und es heute noch ist), weil die Studenten schon mehrere Wochen vor dem eigentlichen Fest aufbrechen, um nach Hause zu fahren. Das einleitende Solo erinnert an die Talente eines besonders edlen Knabensoprans im St. John’s Choir um die fragliche Zeit, dessen Name aber dennoch für die Nachwelt verloren zu sein scheint.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Green © 2001

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