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The First World

First line:
The first blossom was the best blossom

The mood is one of defiance at the opening of Apple Blossom. Louis MacNeice’s exquisite reflection on Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden is complemented by Burgon’s return to ancient precepts of composition. The text’s syllabic treatment and its initial division into short-breathed phrases recall the style, if not the sound, of early conductus, while the subsequent development of a recurring tune that migrates upwards through the voice parts from tenor to treble is reminiscent of a much-used medieval cantus firmus technique.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2006


Burgon: Choral Music


No 1: As the angels stood
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Track 11 on CDH55421 [2'06]
No 2: Apple Blossom  The first blossom was the best blossom
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Collected Poems

Track 12 on CDH55421 [3'14]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55421 track 12

Apple Blossom
Recording date
23 February 2006
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Burgon: Choral Music (CDA67567)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: November 2006
    Deletion date: March 2010
    Superseded by CDH55421
  2. Burgon: Choral Music (CDH55421)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: March 2013
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