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Pitts: Alpha and Omega / Pitts, Tonus Peregrinus

Album Summary

>Pitts, Antony : The Peace of Jerusalem, for chorus
>Pitts, Antony : Sanctus and Benedictus, for chorus
>Pitts, Antony : A Thousand Years, for chorus
>Pitts, Antony : My Dove, for chorus
>Pitts, Antony : The 'I AM' Sayings of Jesus, for chorus
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'A disc worthy of serious attention ... This is a most successful recording, Tonus Peregrinus never wearied by the vastness of its task and the vision of Christ always palpable in the composer's creative insights' (International Record Review)

'The beauty of the choir's sound is as impressive as its technical accomplishment, doing full justice to their director's fascinating, inventive compositions' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Tonus Peregrinus is proving to be one of the most skilful vocal groups around. Its composer/founder/director demands much from his singers, which they accomplish with impressive fluency and musicality. Pitts shows considerable ingenuity and flair in his settings of sacred texts, which include The Peace of Jerusalem, Sanctus and Benedictus, A Thousand Years and the totally captivating My Dove. The outstanding work is The I AM Sayings of Jesus, which Pitts constructs using various combinations of voices and intervals from the unison to the octave, but never in a mathematical sequence. The moods range from the austere to the ecstatic, from the simplistic to a dissonant but ordered turmoil - it's a remarkable achievement' (Choir & Organ)

'A winning combination of choir and composer and a triumphant recording' (Cathedral News)

'The singers of Tonus Peregrinus are exquisitely blended. There is a purity to the three female singers that is very effective in its evocation of reverent piety ... Textures are magnificently managed ... Francis Brett is the superb bass soloist ... A winner' (Fanfare, USA)

'Pitts's gestures are highly expressive, fresh-minted by the words, without cliché ... Performances are by the utterly brilliant, and utterly fearless, choir Tonus Peregrinus' (Oxford Today)

'The principal work on this programme is the "I AM" sayings of Jesus which at 40 minutes makes up almost two thirds of total playing time. The comforting yet perplexing texts allow Pitts free reign to express his vivid word painting and the music is also informed with great restlessness and agitation. The other four works are similar to the main opus but each has its own distinct message to convey. Tonus Peregrinus are a capable choir, founded by Pitts himself to promote the Christian message and they perform with spellbinding excitement matching spirituality with technical prowess. This is a sumptuously beautiful disc on all counts' (Classical.net)

'This music strives for, and frequently succeeds in expressing a state of astonishing, soaring, feral ecstasy. Pitts' work frequently includes dense chromatic harmonies that in other contexts might sound raw, but when sung, are complex, but warm, even lush. He may flirt with a reassuring, familiar sentimentality, but he never succumbs to it, and the effect is bracing. On the other hand, his music is never so uncompromisingly dense that it loses the listener; it's rooted in triadic harmony and has an undeniable emotional directness that never leaves the work's meaning in doubt ... In the double quartet that he conducts, Tonus Peregrinus, Pitts has assembled an ensemble for which he can write with impunity. Their ability to negotiate the music's extreme demands is staggering, and they do it with wonderfully pure tone, warm blend, and impassioned expressiveness. Pitts is a composer to watch out for: these remarkably assured and compelling works should be strong interest to any fan of contemporary choral music' (Allmusic.com)



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Works Details

>Pitts, Antony : The Peace of Jerusalem, for chorus
  • Notes: Bromley Parish Church (06/06/2007-06/08/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Pitts, Antony : Sanctus and Benedictus, for chorus
  • Notes: Bromley Parish Church (06/06/2007-06/08/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Pitts, Antony : A Thousand Years, for chorus
  • Notes: Bromley Parish Church (06/06/2007-06/08/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Pitts, Antony : My Dove, for chorus
  • Performers: Alexander Hickey (Tenor); Rebecca Hickey (Soprano)
  • Notes: Bromley Parish Church (06/06/2007-06/08/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Pitts, Antony : The 'I AM' Sayings of Jesus, for chorus
  • Performer: Francis Brett (Bass)
  • Notes: Bromley Parish Church (06/06/2007-06/08/2007)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996-2007