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Ronald Corp: Things I Didn't Say / Edward Batting, APSARA

> Things I didn't say - No. 1. When I was hateful
> Things I didn't say - No. 2. You were always anxious
> Things I didn't say - No. 3. You didn't want to be a burden
> Things I didn't say - No. 4. The diagnosis was shocking
> Things I didn't say - No. 5. He was always there
> Things I didn't say - No. 6. When I was fearful
> Things I didn't say - No. 7. You forgot our birthdays
> Things I didn't say - No. 8. Many the mile I travelled
> Things I didn't say - No. 9. We visited you
> Things I didn't say - No. 10. Many the hour we travelled
> Things I didn't say - No. 11. Some days you were still there
> Things I didn't say - No. 12. You said, "It's really nice to see you"
> Things I didn't say - No. 13. He's always there for me
> Things I didn't say - No. 14. When I was worried
> Things I didn't say - No. 15. Everything was closing down
> Things I didn't say - No. 16. Lucid but downcast
> Things I didn't say - No. 17. Help
> Things I didn't say - No. 18. When I was ordinary
> Things I didn't say - No. 19. You and I had different views
> Things I didn't say - No. 20. No more chains
> The Revival - The Revival
> Never weather-beaten Sail - Never weather-beaten Sail
> The Bells of Paradise - The Bells of Paradise
> 3 Medieval Carols - No. 1. Myn Lyking
> 3 Medieval Carols - No. 2. The Virgin's Cradle Hymn
> 3 Medieval Carols - No. 3. Quem Pastores Laudavere
> We Will Remember Them - We Will Remember Them
> Ave verum - Ave verum
> Ave Maria - Ave Maria
> Psalm 150 - Psalm 150
> The Pilgrim - The Pilgrim

Notes & Reviews:

The second disc from Ronald Corp and his chamber choir APSARA is centered on his large a capella work of the same name. A collection of 20 short settings of poetry by Corp's childhood friend Steve Mainwaring, Things I Didn't Say charts the final years of Mainwaring's mother as she suffered from Alzheimer's disease. It is an incredibly personal and poignant work, which will strike resonances with anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one. The remainder of the disc is made up of Corp's settings of Henry Vaughan, Thomas Campion, Laurence Binyon, John Bunyan, and religious texts.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
The title's that of a choral cycle setting 20 poems by Steve Mainwaring about his dying mother. Corp's setting are fluidly melodic and sensitively responsive. Nine shorter pieces also feature.



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