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2015; written for The King's Singers

A commission for The King’s Singers, Arabesques are settings of four short but highly evocative poems by contemporary male Arab poets. Each tells the story of a woman they have known and each is at a different stage of life. ‘A woman’, recalls a passionate encounter, ‘You want’, muses on a woman’s acquisitiveness, ‘Fading’, observes her gradual aging, ‘Seeds in flight’, looks at rebirth after death.

‘Fading’ was premiered at the London A Cappella Festival, on 29 January 2015. ‘A woman’, and ‘Seeds in flight’, were premiered at The American School in Doha, on 7 May 2015 with 'You want' finally included in the set at the Dubai Proms of 2017 where it was performed by the BBC Singers.

from notes by Signum Classics © 2020


Marsh: Flare & other works
SIGCD644Download only
Studio Master: CDA68285Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: A woman  How will I drag my feet to her now?
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Track 2 on SIGCD644 [2'46] Download only
No 2: You want
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Track 3 on SIGCD644 [2'33] Download only
No 3: Fading  Imagine where this dove will go
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in conjunction with The Poetry Translation Workshop

Track 5 on CDA68285 [4'34]
Track 4 on SIGCD644 [4'19] Download only
No 4: Seeds in flight  An ancient woman, who has lived all seasons
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in conjunction with The Poetry Translation Workshop

Track 14 on CDA68285 [5'14]
Track 5 on SIGCD644 [4'58] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD644 track 3

You want
Recording date
6 June 2019
Recording venue
BBC Broadcasting House, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Rosanna Goodall
Recording engineer
Martin Appleby
Hyperion usage
  1. Marsh: Flare & other works (SIGCD644)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: September 2020
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