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Paul Mealor: A Tender Light

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In July 2011 Tenebrae Choir, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Nigel Short recorded an album of acclaimed composer Paul Mealor's music, A Tender Light. The disc includes the moving A Spotless Rose and UbiCaritas, performed at the Roayl Wedding. The Album is dedicated with gracious permission, to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

BBC Music Magazine
[Ubi Caritas's] mixture of expressive lyricisim with occasional unexpected harmonic shadings [is] beautifully rendered in Tenebrae's impeccable performance. The same penchant for peppering his writing with sudden twists of harmony and modulation characterises the four settings of Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Gramophone Magazine
This is certainly not a recording of Ubi Caritas spin-offs... Tenebrae directed by Nigel Short pull out all the vocal stops at the right moments... Mealor has finally found his true compositional voice here - one that manages to avoid the mawkishness of much that characterises recent tonally imbued choral music.

The Times
Mealor's choral creations retain their own British glow, yet he could still suitably share a cupboard with Whitacre's ecstatic music, and Morten Lauridsen's too. Lush, warm chords follow a steady pulse, shifting en route into tone cluster crunches before resolving any modest tension with the harmonic equivalent of a handshake... this is a CD with gorgeous singing, much warmth, a beating heart and, as the title says, a tender light. Just don't overdose.

The Independent
Mealor's settings of religious texts, notably a lengthy "Stabat Mater", along with his uplifting take on Byron's "She Walks in Beauty", [are] delivered with Tenebrae's precision and almost luminous grace.


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