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My Dancing Day: Choral Music by Richard Rodney Bennett / BBC Singers

Audio Samples

>Bennett, Richard R. : My Dancing Day, carol setting for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : Gloria, Gloria, carol setting for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : In the Bleak Midwinter, carol setting for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : New Year Carol, carol setting for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : Town and Country, diptych for tenor & chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : Serenades, suite for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : The Apple Tree, carol setting for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : Four Poems of Thomas Campion, for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : A Good-Night, for chorus
>Gershwin, George : Show is on
>Ellington, Duke : Sophisticated Lady, song
>Porter, Cole : Every time we say goodbye, song (from "Seven Lively Arts")

Album Summary

>Bennett, Richard R. : My Dancing Day, carol setting for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : Gloria, Gloria, carol setting for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : In the Bleak Midwinter, carol setting for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : New Year Carol, carol setting for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : Town and Country, diptych for tenor & chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : Serenades, suite for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : The Apple Tree, carol setting for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : Four Poems of Thomas Campion, for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : A Good-Night, for chorus
>Gershwin, George : Show is on
>Ellington, Duke : Sophisticated Lady, song
>Porter, Cole : Every time we say goodbye, song (from "Seven Lively Arts")
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

As one of Britain's most respected and versatile musicians, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett has produced over two hundred works for the concert hall, and fifty scores for film and television, as well as having been a writer and performer of jazz songs for over fifty years.

This disc of compositions and arrangements performed by the BBC Singers showcases some of his most popular and beguiling works for choir and voice, drawn from classical and jazz music and featuring his ever-popular work "A Good-Night." This new release on Signum with the BBC Singers follows two other composer-led discs: Remoter Worlds (SIGCD144), featuring the music of Judith Bingham, and Choral Images (SIGCD092), featuring the music of Sir Michael Tippett.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
This makes a lovely tribute to Richard Rodney Bennett, who died peacefully at his New York home on Christmas Eve. Bennett was a composer who excelled in a number of musical genres: the British choral tradition, film-scoring, collaborative piano, and jazz. He also wrote a full-length ballet, Isadora, which was premiered by the Royal Ballet in 1981. His superb work for film can be heard in such movies as "Far from the Madding Crowd", "Nicholas and Alexandra", and "Murder on the Orient Express".

The Guardian, 23rd August 2012
Each shows the same craftsmanship and harmonic instincts; there's not a note out of place or a phrase that seems second-hand.

MusicWeb International, January 2013
Bennett is a composer who writes splendidly for a cappella choir. He is discerning in his choice of texts. The music itself is sophisticated, accessible and seems beautifully conceived for voices..The singing on this disc is technically superb. The BBC Singers give virtuoso performances...Except ... To my ears this ensemble has a vibrato-heavy sound which has been a feature of their singing for years.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2013
The part-writing is endlessly resourceful and inventive, without ever drawing attention to its own cleverness, and the word-setting is pointed; the late Bennett's ear for a melody had in no way deserted him in his eighth decade...[The BBC Singers'] standards of execution, under Paul Brough's empathetic direction, grace the entire programme.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012).



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Works Details

>Bennett, Richard R. : My Dancing Day, carol setting for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2008

>Bennett, Richard R. : Gloria, Gloria, carol setting for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2010

>Bennett, Richard R. : In the Bleak Midwinter, carol setting for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2010

>Bennett, Richard R. : New Year Carol, carol setting for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2009

>Bennett, Richard R. : Town and Country, diptych for tenor & chorus
  • Performer: Edward Goater (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2002

>Bennett, Richard R. : Serenades, suite for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Bennett, Richard R. : The Apple Tree, carol setting for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2009

>Bennett, Richard R. : Four Poems of Thomas Campion, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Bennett, Richard R. : A Good-Night, for chorus
  • Performer: Edward Goater (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1999

>Gershwin, George : Show is on
  • Performer: Edward Goater (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Ellington, Duke : Sophisticated Lady, song
  • Performer: Edward Goater (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Porter, Cole : Every time we say goodbye, song (from "Seven Lively Arts")
  • Performers: Olivia Robinson (Soprano); Edward Goater (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paul Brough
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern