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The world on fire

First line:
Days glowing on the outside with sunshine
author of text

The ‘fire of creation’ is at the heart of the passages from Jackie Stedall’s Jottings set by Phillip Cooke in The world on fire. Jackie perceived this as ‘not the fire of destruction, but of energy, creation, love’, and these words generate the climax of Cooke’s setting. Before and after this moment, Cooke presents Jackie’s vision with simple directness, creating an atmosphere of attentive stillness and wonder at the smallest details of the natural world, such as ‘a quivering leaf’ portrayed by the use of a suddenly delicate texture of two solo soprano voices.

from notes by Owen Rees © 2016


A New Heaven
Studio Master: SIGCD475Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 13 on SIGCD475 [3'31] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD475 track 13

Recording date
6 January 2016
Recording venue
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. A New Heaven (SIGCD475)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: March 2017
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