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Beyond all Mortal Dreams: American a Cappella / Choir of Trinity College

Audio Samples

>Clausen, Rene : Tonight, Eternity Alone
>Stucky, Steven : Motets (3) in memoriam Thomas Tallis, for chorus
>Gjeilo, Ola : Sanctus, for chorus
>Ferko, Frank : Hildegard Triptych, for chorus
>Fissinger, Edwin : Lux Aeterna, for soloists & chorus
>Willan, Healey : Fair in Face, motet for chorus, HWC 313
>Willan, Healey : I Beheld Her, Beautiful as a Dove, motet for chorus, HWC 312
>Willan, Healey : Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, motet for chorus, HWC 314
>Willan, Healey : How They So Softly Rest, for chorus, HWC 302
>Paulus, Stephen : The Day Is Done, for chorus
>Paulus, Stephen : Pilgrims' Hymn, for chorus
>Paulus, Stephen : To be Certain of the Dawn
>     Hymn to the Eternal Flame
>Hawley, William : Motets (2), for choir
>Gjeilo, Ola : Phoenix, for chorus

Album Summary

>Clausen, Rene : Tonight, Eternity Alone
>Stucky, Steven : Motets (3) in memoriam Thomas Tallis, for chorus
>Gjeilo, Ola : Sanctus, for chorus
>Ferko, Frank : Hildegard Triptych, for chorus
>Fissinger, Edwin : Lux Aeterna, for soloists & chorus
>Willan, Healey : Fair in Face, motet for chorus, HWC 313
>Willan, Healey : I Beheld Her, Beautiful as a Dove, motet for chorus, HWC 312
>Willan, Healey : Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, motet for chorus, HWC 314
>Willan, Healey : How They So Softly Rest, for chorus, HWC 302
>Paulus, Stephen : The Day Is Done, for chorus
>Paulus, Stephen : Pilgrims' Hymn, for chorus
>Paulus, Stephen : To be Certain of the Dawn
>Hawley, William : Motets (2), for choir
>Gjeilo, Ola : Phoenix, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On Beyond All Mortal Dreams, Stephen Layton and his acclaimed Trinity College Choir perform a magnificent selection of American a cappella choral works. The recording is a showcase of little-known American composers unearthed by Layton during his travels. These distinctive and luminous compositions illustrate the context in which better-known composers such as Lauridsen and Whitacre - already championed by Layton -learned their craft. The choir is in perfect voice here, and their purity of tone, flawless intonation and depth of feeling are truly exceptional. This wonderful disc is a must for all choral music fans.

"Happily here's a program, by one of Britain's top choirs, that shows not only a special knowledge of repertoire and composers, but through these excellent performances shows off music that is every bit as sophisticated and worthy of attention as anything being written by Europeans of today or of the past century... I urge you to discover it all for yourself--like William Hawley's fascinating Mosella and Te vigilans oculis, and Edwin Fissinger's luscious Lux aeterna. Highly recommended." -ClassicsToday (10/10)

"It is impossible to do anything else but listen once the opening track of this glorious album begins...I can say with certainty that it is an album that will repay repeated listening for years to come." -Classic FM

"The singing is beautifully blended, the parts sensitively balanced, the absence of spurious vibrato a constant pleasure. Typically outstanding Hyperion sound caps this warmly recommendable issue." -BBC Music Magazine

Gramophone Magazine
It shows a genre in which beauty of sound and an atmosphere of prayerfulness are the chief characteristics...For my money the cleverest writing here comes from Frank Ferko who, through recourse to rows of bare fifths, nicely hints at the archaic source of his chosen texts...Layton performs miracles in sustaining these long musical phrases...[and] elevates a disc of music which, in other hands, might come across as merely pleasant.

International Record Review
'Luminous' aptly describes the singing of the Choir of Trinity College as a whole, not just that of the various soloists who contribute to this programme. The choir comprises about 40 members and one can hear how Layton, as with Polyphony, has developed it into an ensemble capable of responding with immediacy to the most infinitesimal suggestions. The choral sound is blended and coloured with superb precision.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010).



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Works Details

>Clausen, Rene : Tonight, Eternity Alone
  • Performers: Ruby Dayan; Hannah Partridge
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Stucky, Steven : Motets (3) in memoriam Thomas Tallis, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2005

>Gjeilo, Ola : Sanctus, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2008

>Ferko, Frank : Hildegard Triptych, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1997

>Fissinger, Edwin : Lux Aeterna, for soloists & chorus
  • Performers: Laurence Williams; Margaret Walker
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Willan, Healey : Fair in Face, motet for chorus, HWC 313
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Willan, Healey : I Beheld Her, Beautiful as a Dove, motet for chorus, HWC 312
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Willan, Healey : Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, motet for chorus, HWC 314
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Willan, Healey : How They So Softly Rest, for chorus, HWC 302
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Paulus, Stephen : The Day Is Done, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Paulus, Stephen : Pilgrims' Hymn, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Paulus, Stephen : To be Certain of the Dawn :: Hymn to the Eternal Flame
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hawley, William : Motets (2), for choir
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gjeilo, Ola : Phoenix, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (07/02/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008