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Bo Hansson: Endless Border / Rupert Gough, Royal Holloway Choir

Audio Samples

>Hansson, Bo : Som när handen, for chorus
>Hansson, Bo : Salve Regina, for chorus
>Hansson, Bo : Then I heard the singing, for chorus
>Hansson, Bo : For as the rain, for chorus & organ
>Hansson, Bo : The place amongst the trees, for chorus
>Hansson, Bo : Missa brevis, for chorus & organ
>Hansson, Bo : Lighten mine eyes, for chorus
>Hansson, Bo : Endless border, for chorus

Album Summary

>Hansson, Bo : Som när handen, for chorus
>Hansson, Bo : Salve Regina, for chorus
>Hansson, Bo : Then I heard the singing, for chorus
>Hansson, Bo : For as the rain, for chorus & organ
>Hansson, Bo : The place amongst the trees, for chorus
>Hansson, Bo : Missa brevis, for chorus & organ
>Hansson, Bo : Lighten mine eyes, for chorus
>Hansson, Bo : Endless border, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Swedish musician Bo Hansson is a man of many talents: a guitarist, and a composer of a wide range of music in folk and jazz idioms. Choral music might be a relatively recent departure for him, but its roots run deep, back to the days of his childhood when he sang as a treble in his local choir. He has observed that, "the human voice is the closest you can come to your soul," and in that search he writes music that demands much of its performers in its sustained intensity of sound, a penchant for a cappella and a fresh way with word-setting even in the most established of texts, as in the darting energy of the Gloria from the Missabrevis. Rupert Gough and his Royal Holloway Choir previously made waves with their recordings of music by Baltic composers Miskinis and Dubra. Here is yet another sign that Gough is one of the most exciting choral conductors of his generation.

International Record Review
The eight pieces on this CD (four of which are first recordings) fall very pleasantly on the ear, and every so often Hansson will deliver a phrase, a gesture, a passage that is genuinely striking; there's also a Waltonian matter-of-factness to the writing which can be attractive.

Gramophone Magazine
The composer finds in [the Choir of Royal Holloway] sympathetic advocates, and his music shows off their strengths to great advantage...It is their confident and committed performance that warrants a recommendation from the objective listener; those to whom an appreciation of this idiom comes naturally will find much to enjoy.

The Arts Desk
The music on this disc is consistently good; Hansson's beginnings as an arranger of folk and popular song have helped him develop gifts as a writer of contemporary choral music that really does exert a grip...Rupert Gough's young choir make a glowing sound, recorded in an acoustic which gives them plenty of air but never clouds the detail.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Whatever the final verdict, all of us would do well to hear this composer at his best. 'Then I Heard the Singing' is luminous and very affecting. I also admire the crystalline harmonies in 'Som Nar Handen' (As the Day Dawns), which begins the program. The soft spring shower that falls from the organ console in the quiet section of 'For As the Rain' is beautiful, as is the quiet ecstasy of the Sanctus from his 20-minute Mass. Royal Holloway gives Hansson the royal treatment, as do Hyperion's engineers and annotators.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012
The three dozen voices of the Royal Holloway Choir bring impressive reserves of stamina and concentration to bear on these sometimes difficult pieces.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, England (01/06/2011-01/08/2011).



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Works Details

>Hansson, Bo : Som när handen, for chorus
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Ensemble: Royal Holloway Choir
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, England (01/06/2011-01/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hansson, Bo : Salve Regina, for chorus
  • Performer: Gillian Franklin
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, England (01/06/2011-01/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Hansson, Bo : Then I heard the singing, for chorus
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, England (01/06/2011-01/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Hansson, Bo : For as the rain, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: William Baldry (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, England (01/06/2011-01/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Hansson, Bo : The place amongst the trees, for chorus
  • Performers: Richard Robbins (Keyboards); Tom Robson; Kate Telfer
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, England (01/06/2011-01/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Hansson, Bo : Missa brevis, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: William Baldry (Organ); Flora Nicoll
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, England (01/06/2011-01/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Hansson, Bo : Lighten mine eyes, for chorus
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, England (01/06/2011-01/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Hansson, Bo : Endless border, for chorus
  • Performers: Amon-Ra Twilley; Tom Robson; Jonathan Kilhams; Kate Telfer
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, England (01/06/2011-01/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007