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Alec Roth, Vikram Seth: Shared Ground - Ex Cathedra; Philippe Honoré, violin

Album Summary

>Roth, Alec : Earthrise, for chorus
>Roth, Alec : Hymn to Gaia, for chorus
>Roth, Alec : Sol Justitiae, for chorus
>Roth, Alec : Shared Ground, for chorus
>Roth, Alec : Ponticelli, for solo violin
>Roth, Alec : The Flower, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Shared Ground is a set of works by the British composer Alec Roth, featuring several poems and sung texts by the Indian writer Vikram Seth. The title piece of the same name is inspired by Seth's poetry following a decision to buy and live in the Old Rectory in Bemerton - the former home of the 17thcentury poet and priest George Herbert. Other works on the disc expand this idea of a shared home or dwelling, with Earthrise - the reflections of Apollo astronauts on viewing the planet from orbit - and Hymn to Gaia.

The Times, 11th February 2012
Roth's music is striking for its rich, beautifully crafted choral textures, ecological and metaphysical subject matter, and references to the great heritage of European choral music...Earthrise is a fabulous, 40-part unaccompanied choral work in three movements with the sort of poly-choral, lushly harmonised climaxes that send shivers down the spine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hawkesyard Priory (06/29/2011-07/01/2011).



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Works Details

>Roth, Alec : Earthrise, for chorus
  • Performer: Samuel Boden
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra
  • Notes: Hawkesyard Priory (06/29/2011-07/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Roth, Alec : Hymn to Gaia, for chorus
  • Performers: Grace Davidson (Soprano); Martha McLorinan
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Notes: Hawkesyard Priory (06/29/2011-07/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Roth, Alec : Sol Justitiae, for chorus
  • Performer: Katie Trethewey
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Notes: Hawkesyard Priory (06/29/2011-07/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Roth, Alec : Shared Ground, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Notes: Hawkesyard Priory (06/29/2011-07/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Roth, Alec : Ponticelli, for solo violin
  • Performer: Philippe Honore (Violin)
  • Notes: Hawkesyard Priory (06/29/2011-07/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Roth, Alec : The Flower, for chorus
  • Performer: Samuel Boden
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Notes: Hawkesyard Priory (06/29/2011-07/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007