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Giles Swayne: Stabat Mater; The Silent Land

Album Summary

>Traditional, Senegalese : O Lulum
>Swayne, Giles : Magnificat for chorus
>Swayne, Giles : The silent land, for 40-part chorus & cello
>Swayne, Giles : Ave verum corpus, for chorus
>Swayne, Giles : Stabat mater, for soloists & chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

The four pieces on this disc span three decades of Giles Swayne’s choral music, their striking echoes of Latin plainchant, Tudor polyphony and traditional African music providing contrasting and complementary strands characteristic of this much-travelled composer. Magnificat Idraws on the music of the Senegalese Jola people and the Ba-Benezele of the Congo. Swayne’s moving threnody, The silent land, scored for 40-part chorus and solo cello, combines words from the Requiem Mass and Christina Rossetti’s poetry, while Stabat mater is dedicated to the grieving mothers of Israel and Palestine.

"As a self-confessed outsider to the "English choral tradition", Swayne nevertheless draws on a trio of stylistic influences: Latin plainchant, Tudor polyphony and traditional African music." -Gramophone Magazine

"If this arouses the expectation (or dread) that we're in for another incautiously blended World Music buffet, then prepare to be agreeably surprised...Swayne is expert in his handling of unaccompanied choral resources...everything is held together by a sense of sustained, muscular line rare among modern British composers. A very worthwhile disc" -BBC Music Magazine *****

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, UK (04/07/2010-04/09/2010).



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Works Details

>Traditional, Senegalese : O Lulum
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.

>Swayne, Giles : Magnificat for chorus
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, UK (04/07/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1982

>Swayne, Giles : The silent land, for 40-part chorus & cello
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, UK (04/07/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Swayne, Giles : Ave verum corpus, for chorus
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, UK (04/07/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2003

>Swayne, Giles : Stabat mater, for soloists & chorus
  • Performers: Ben Alden (Tenor); Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Jonathan Sells (Soprano); Kate Symonds (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, UK (04/07/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004