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Gabriel Jackson: Requiem / Vasari Singers - Jeremy Backhouse

> Requiem - Requiem aeternam I
> Requiem - Epitaph
> Requiem - Requiem aeternam II
> Requiem - Autumn Wind of Eve
> Requiem - Sanctus - Benedictus
> Requiem - Peace, My Heart
> Requiem - Lux aeterna
> In all his works - In all his works
> I am the voice of the wind - I am the voice of the wind
> Canon and Gigue in D major: Canon (arr. B. Chilcott for chorus and guitar as Canon, "Rosa Mystica") - Canon and Gigue in D major: Canon (arr. B. Chilcott for chorus and guitar as Canon, "Rosa Mystica")
> Song for Athene - Song for Athene
> When David Heard that Absalom was Slain - When David Heard that Absalom was Slain

Album Summary

>Jackson, Nicholas : Requiem, for chorus & organ
>Jackson, Gabriel : In all his works, for chorus
>Jackson, Gabriel : I am the voice of the wind, for chorus
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
>Pott, Francis : When David heard, for chorus
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

While the unifying thread which links these works is that of loss, the underlying focus is an uplifting celebration of life and love. Gabriel Jackson's Requiem combines traditional solemnity with poems which embrace wide-ranging spirituality, resulting in images of light and radiant optimism. Contrasting poignancy of expression is heard in personal tributes from John Tavener and Francis Pott, while Bob Chilcott uses Pachelbel's famous Canon to set Oscar Wilde's Requiescat. Vasari Singers' Great British Anthems (8.572504) was described as 'essential listening' by Gramophone. Founded in 1980, Vasari Singers is among the leading chamber choirs in Britain, performing music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary. The choir performs regularly in London as well as visiting many of England's cathedrals to sing services, with recent trips to Canterbury, Salisbury, Bath and Ripon. The choir and Jeremy Backhouse are deeply committed to contemporary music and have commissioned over twenty works since 2000, including works by Francis Pott and Gabriel Jackson.

Gramophone
The music feels as spontaneously descriptive as Eric Whitacre's... [Jackson's] use of syncopation is a straightforward vehicle of joy... performances under Jeremy Backhouse meet the formidable challenges without audible strain, never shrinking away from the music's intense emotional content.

Classical Net
... the Varsari Singers are regarded among the leading chamber choirs in the UK. Here, under conductor Jeremy Backhouse, they sing beautifully in all works. It would be hard to imagine a choral ensemble turning in finer renditions of this music... Naxos has once again produced a disc that will almost certainly garner a major award or two. The sound on this CD... is vivid. Highly recommended!

MusicWeb International
The Vasari Singers offer the first recording of a beautiful and thoughtful setting of the Requiem, which they commissioned from Gabriel Jackson in 2008. This work - and the other pieces by Jackson on the disc - confirms him as one of the most interesting composers of contemporary choral music with a natural affinity for the human voice and a fine empathy for words. This is an excellently sung and moving programme of fine modern music for unaccompanied choir.

BBC Music Magazine
You don't have to believe that [Gabriel Jackson's way of describing this work] to relish the sheer accomplishment and virtuosity of the Vasari Singers' performance... [They] breast the difficulties confidently, crucially maintaining a full modicum of poise and tonal balance in the process... Of the shorter pieces I especially enjoyed Francis Pott's When David Heard... The Vasari Singers grip the work with evident relish and commitment, producing the CD's most potently arresting performance.

International Record Review, October 2012
Pott's music is further evidence of this composer's vivid and unusual aural imagination, as well as his dramatic sense. This is the first recording of this beautiful work...On a disc where the solo singing is uniformly excellent, it is unfair to cite an individual, but Matthew Wood's singing [in the Jackson] is a marvellous blend of of implacable poise and vocal beauty.

The Observer, 7th October 2012
While personal loss lies at the heart of this new collection from the ever admirable Vasari Singers, it is predominantly a superb celebration of life and love...Always ready to commission and perform new work, this choir grows in stature with each new recording.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
The Vasaris pay handsome tribute to Jackson's creativity and to the works of the other composers as well. Tavener's 'Song for Athene' is lovely, as is Bob Chilcott's sweet union of Oscar Wilde's 'Requiescat' and Johann Pachelbel's ubiquitous Canon. Francis Pott's 'When David Heard' is pleasant enough. We get strong, clear sound from the Naxos engineers and an exemplary booklet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/25/2011-02/27/2011).



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Works Details

>Jackson, Nicholas : Requiem, for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Ensemble: Vasari Singers
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/25/2011-02/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976-2006

>Jackson, Gabriel : In all his works, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/25/2011-02/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jackson, Gabriel : I am the voice of the wind, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/25/2011-02/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Performer: Carl Herring (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/25/2011-02/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/25/2011-02/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1993

>Pott, Francis : When David heard, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/25/2011-02/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008