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To seek where shadows are

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To seek where shadows are is a collection of settings of texts by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) which was commissioned jointly by John Armitage Memorial and Pro Coro Canada. Three settings from the collection are presented on this disc: the first, Dreamland, was written, for Clarissa Dickson-Wright, in memoriam. Rossetti’s poem describes a woman’s escape from pain, a journey from the physicality of the real world to a meditative state of peace. Through its interweaving parts, Mealor invokes a gentle lyricism which is wistfully underpinned by harmony seemingly in search of its root. The attention directed by Rossetti towards ideal love is seen in her poem, Dream Love. This poem provides the text for Mealor’s Dreaming which is written for Russ and Johann Mann. He creates a wholly different soundworld, employing a rocking quaver movement in alto, tenor, and bass parts to suggest a cloud-like cushion. Above this, the soprano part paints a delicate and dreamy melody. The third, a setting of the Christmas carol, In the bleak midwinter, was written for Michael Zaugg and Julie Barron. The rich, eight-part vocal writing captures the warmth of the light of the stable set against the harshness of the wintry weather outside—a fresh contribution to the Christmas carol repertory.

from notes by Richard Longman © 2020

Recordings

Mealor: Blessing & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD613Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

No 1: Dreamland  Where sunless rivers weep
Track 3 on SIGCD613 [3'48] Download only
No 2: Dreaming  Young Love lies dreaming
Track 4 on SIGCD613 [2'54] Download only
No 3: In the bleak midwinter
Track 5 on SIGCD613 [5'26] Download only

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