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Jonathan Dove: The Passing of the Year / Convivium Singers

Album Summary

>Dove, Jonathan : The Passing of the Year, for chorus & piano
>Dove, Jonathan : In beauty may I walk, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : My love is mine, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : Who killed Cock Robin?, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : It sounded as if the streets were running, songs (3) for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : I am the Day, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : Wellcome, all wonders in one sight!, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : The Three Kings, for chorus
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jonathan Dove is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music, and his writing for choral forces is charged with intensity and beauty. The Passing of the Year is dedicated to the memory of his mother and sets seven texts with moving directness and a beguiling sense of the seasons' passing. It sounded as if the streets were running also celebrates nature, his setting of the storm imagery in Emily Dickinson's poetry rich in surging climaxes. Vivid characterization, this time of animals, suffuses Who killed Cock Robin? which, like all Dove's music, is hugely approachable, varied and exciting. Established in July 2009 by Adrian Green and Alexander Norman, Convivium Singers are a group of musicians who perform a wide variety of vocal and choral music. It currently comprises singers from many established choirs and specializes in undiscovered or little-known British music, and in the music of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

"An intermittently beautiful setting for chorus and piano of Emily Dickinson’s poetry" -The Financial Times

BBC Music Magazine
[The Passing of the Year] is beautifully conceived music soaring to a glorious, bright climax in this fine performance by the 30-voice Convivium Singers...Who Killed Cock Robin?, by contrast, is exuberantly entertaining, and the Convivium Singers rise enthusiastically to the virtuoso demands of its writing.

Gramophone Magazine
The Convivium Singers are are a 30-strong mixed-voice group, formed in 2009, youthfully fresh-toned and evenly balanced. They tackle Dove's distinctive and vivid setting with great vigour and a sense of purpose...This is an enjoyable disc of approachable choral music by a master of choral writing.

Fanfare Magazine
The chorus is technically adept, and the pitching is excellent. The sopranos' tendency to stridency when high and at full voice is exacerbated by the bright reverberance of the venue. This church acoustic does blend the voices nicely, but it creates a somewhat indeterminate aural image and a bit of a wash at the climaxes, so the supplied texts will be appreciated. Still, there is nothing in that to prevent a wholehearted recommendation.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The British chamber choir is aptly named, as these are convivial performances caught in strong, clear sound by the Naxos engineers. I do find, however, that the straight, steely sound of the soprano section detracts from the radiance of some of the choral effects the composer was after. 'Hot sun, cool fire' from the Passing Year, for example, conveys more cool fire than hot sun, and that's not the only place where I would have welcomed more warmth. Loud passages are particularly chilly. Notes and texts are supplied.

MusicWeb International
Dove was a composer new to me, and I was enthralled by the music on this recording. Excellently performed by the Convivium Singers, Dove's writing is often achingly beautiful and his text setting is masterly, often reminding me of Benjamin Britten.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, London, UK (07/28/2011-07/29/2011).



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>Dove, Jonathan : The Passing of the Year, for chorus & piano
  • Performer: Christopher Cromar (Piano)
  • Conductor: Neil Ferris
  • Ensemble: Convivium Singers
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, London, UK (07/28/2011-07/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dove, Jonathan : In beauty may I walk, for chorus
  • Conductor: Neil Ferris
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, London, UK (07/28/2011-07/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1998

>Dove, Jonathan : My love is mine, for chorus
  • Conductor: Neil Ferris
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, London, UK (07/28/2011-07/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dove, Jonathan : Who killed Cock Robin?, for chorus
  • Conductor: Neil Ferris
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, London, UK (07/28/2011-07/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dove, Jonathan : It sounded as if the streets were running, songs (3) for chorus
  • Conductor: Neil Ferris
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, London, UK (07/28/2011-07/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Dove, Jonathan : I am the Day, for chorus
  • Conductor: Neil Ferris
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, London, UK (07/28/2011-07/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dove, Jonathan : Wellcome, all wonders in one sight!, for chorus
  • Conductor: Neil Ferris
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, London, UK (07/28/2011-07/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1990

>Dove, Jonathan : The Three Kings, for chorus
  • Conductor: Neil Ferris
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, London, UK (07/28/2011-07/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000