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Bob Chilcott: Requiem / Wells Cathedral Choir

Audio Samples

>Chilcott, Robert : Requiem, for 2 voices, chorus, & organ (or orchestra)
>Chilcott, Robert : Salisbury Motets (4), for chorus & organ
>Chilcott, Robert : Downing Service, for chorus & organ
>Chilcott, Robert : Pilgrim Jesus, carol for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Nine Gifts, carol for chorus & organ
>Chilcott, Robert : Jesus, springing, carol for chorus & organ

Album Summary

>Chilcott, Robert : Requiem, for 2 voices, chorus, & organ (or orchestra)
>Chilcott, Robert : Salisbury Motets (4), for chorus & organ
>Chilcott, Robert : Downing Service, for chorus & organ
>Chilcott, Robert : Pilgrim Jesus, carol for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Nine Gifts, carol for chorus & organ
>Chilcott, Robert : Jesus, springing, carol for chorus & organ
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer and conductor Bob Chilcott (born 1955) has been steeped in the British choral tradition since he was a boy chorister. A former member of The King's Singers, he is now one of the UK's most prolific and creative choral composers. His Requiem is characterized by a gentle atmosphere clearly modeled on Fauré, with a crystalline, reflective Pie Jesu at the emotional heart of the work. This collection of first recordings is beautifully performed by Matthew Owens leading the Wells Cathedral Choir, The Nash Ensemble and two superb young soloists.

"His Requiem (2010), mostly set to Latin texts, pays homage to its great predecessors yet has its own distinctive, serene, meditative quality, beautifully rendered by the mixed voices of Wells Cathedral Choir, Laurie Ashworth (soprano) and Andrew Staples (tenor)." -The Observer

"A listener to Chilcott’s Requiem will quickly identify that it is in the lineage of reflective, consolatory settings by such as Fauré and Duruflé...The solo writing is light and fluent and Andrew Staples, with his clear, easy tone is ideal for this assignment...Matthew Owens leads a dedicated, eloquent performance." -MusicWeb-International

Gramophone Magazine
Although this is music steeped in the Anglican mainstream, there is just enough of a French influence to prevent it from becoming anodyne and nebulous...The addition of a wind quartet and timpani brings a freshness and piquancy to the timbral palette...Matthew Owens draws impassioned and beautiful performances throughout this delightful disc.

BBC Music Magazine
Can something be too beautiful? It's a thought that struck me occasionally, listening to Bob Chilcott's new Requiem...there's plenty of fluid writing for the choir and two excellent soloists, whose interaction produces ravishing textures. By the end, however, I felt over-cosseted and in need of aural roughage...The Wells Choir attacks both pieces with evidence relish.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The performances are splendid in every respect, and the recorded sound lives up to the lofty standard we have come to expect from Hyperion. All of these works are recorded here for the first time.

MusicWeb International, 12th March 2012
A listener to Chilcott's Requiem will quickly identify that it is in the lineage of reflective, consolatory settings by such as Fauré and Duruflé...The solo writing is light and fluent and Andrew Staples, with his clear, easy tone is ideal for this assignment...Matthew Owens leads a dedicated, eloquent performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset (2011-05-25_2011-05-26&2011-).



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Works Details

>Chilcott, Robert : Requiem, for 2 voices, chorus, & organ (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Andrew Staples (Tenor); Jonathan Vaughn (Organ); Laurie Ashworth
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset (2011-05-25_2011-05-26&2011-)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2010

>Chilcott, Robert : Salisbury Motets (4), for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset (2011-05-25_2011-05-26&2011-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2009

>Chilcott, Robert : Downing Service, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset (2011-05-25_2011-05-26&2011-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Chilcott, Robert : Pilgrim Jesus, carol for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset (2011-05-25_2011-05-26&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2010

>Chilcott, Robert : The Nine Gifts, carol for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset (2011-05-25_2011-05-26&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2010

>Chilcott, Robert : Jesus, springing, carol for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset (2011-05-25_2011-05-26&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2010