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Passion Music

First line:
I give you a new commandment
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Commissioned for the choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, in 2018, Passion Music continues the fusion of jazz and choral music so successfully blended in Will Todd’s Mass in Blue. The structure highlights different points in the Passion story, beginning with a new setting of ‘Greater love has no man’ and including an evocative Stabat mater, a movement focusing on the seven last words of Christ, and a setting of ‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’. While some sections are reflective, Todd also makes full use of his understanding of energetic jazz and gospel. The vocal soloist is given plenty of expressive freedom, singing both with the choir and independently to achieve the characteristic jazz-soul style. The seven-piece jazz accompaniment provides a background at times intimate and spellbinding, at others driving and sensual. Will Todd directed the premiere at St Martin's in March 2018 with Shaneeka Simon, John Turville, the Will Todd Ensemble and combined choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The work received its US premiere in February 2019 at the American Choral Directors Association International Conference in Kansas City.

from notes by Signum Classics © 2019

Recordings

Todd: Passion Music & Jazz Missa Brevis
Studio Master: SIGCD563Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

No 1: Greater love
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No 1: John 15: 13

Track 1 on SIGCD563 [4'53] Download only
No 2: We believe  There is a green hill far away
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Track 2 on SIGCD563 [5'14] Download only
No 3: A new commandment  I give you a new commandment
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No 1: John 15: 13

Track 3 on SIGCD563 [3'38] Download only
No 4: Love unknown  My song is love unknown
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Track 4 on SIGCD563 [6'40] Download only
No 5: Stabat mater
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No 1: John 15: 13

Track 5 on SIGCD563 [4'38] Download only
No 6: The seven last words from the cross  Before the thunder clap
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Track 6 on SIGCD563 [6'42] Download only
No 7: My love has died for me  My Lord is gone away
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Track 7 on SIGCD563 [4'05] Download only
No 8: Do not stand at my grave and weep
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Track 8 on SIGCD563 [5'15] Download only
No 9: Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
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American Spiritual

Track 9 on SIGCD563 [7'50] Download only

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