Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang; A Little Jazz Mass; I Share Creation; Aesop's Fables / Gemma Beeson, piano;

Album Summary

>Chilcott, Robert : The Isle is Full of Noises, for voice & chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The lily and the rose, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Everyone Sang, for voice & chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : You and Me, for voice & chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : A Little Jazz Mass, for bass, drums, piano & chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Our Father (The Bread of Life), for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Mid-Winter, for chorus & orchestra (or brass ensemble or piano)
>Chilcott, Robert : For him all stars have shone, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : The Rose in the Middle of Winter, for chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : I Share Creation, for voices & chorus
>Chilcott, Robert : Aesop's Fables, for voices, chorus & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Described by The Observer as "a contemporary hero of British Choral Music", Bob Chilcott is one of today's most widely performed composers of choral music. This program includes première recordings of favorites such as A Little Jazz Mass, songs and carols on a variety of texts, and the wit, wisdom and drama of Aesop's Fables in which Chilcott makes musical references to Brahms and Schubert. Winner of the coveted BBC Choir of the Year award in 2010, the Wellensian Consort is one of the United Kingdom's leading chamber choirs.

The Observer, 21st April 2013
[Chilcott] seems impossible to ignore, probably because he writes such engaging, rewarding music. You can hear the influence of his years with the King's Singers in this recording: lots of imaginative harmony and sprightly word-painting...sung with warmth, precision and commitment by young alumni from Wells Cathedral school.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2013
Chilcott knows what works vocally. You can hear this particularly in A Little Jazz Mass, where he perfectly fits the words of the Latin text to the whippy, upbeat syncopations of the Kyrie and Gloria...All the shorter pieces are immediately attractive, and performed winningly.

MusicWeb International, 9th September 2013
The music is consistently attractive and so is the singing. This is an auspicious debut CD by the Wellensian Consort. I'm certain we shall hear more of Bob Chilcott's music on disc but I hope very much that it won't be long before we have another release from this talented choir.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Everyone is singing the music of Bob Chilcott these days, so take the "World Premiere Recording" designations on the jacket with a grain of salt. This is a lovely anthology of Chilcott's works sung with love, care, and admirable skill by a chamber choir drawn from alumni and staff of Great Britain's Wells Cathedral School. All of the music here is worth hearing. Naxos offers excellent sound and a booklet with notes and texts. For anyone interested in lovely sounds and a musical disposition to match, Chilcott could be just the ticket.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011).



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Works Details

>Chilcott, Robert : The Isle is Full of Noises, for voice & chorus
  • Performer: Joanna Harrison
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Ensemble: Wellensian Consort
  • Notes: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2004

>Chilcott, Robert : The lily and the rose, for chorus
  • Performers: Joanna Harrison; Gemma Beeson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Ensemble: Will Todd Trio
  • Notes: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chilcott, Robert : Everyone Sang, for voice & chorus
  • Performer: Joanna Harrison
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1995

>Chilcott, Robert : You and Me, for voice & chorus
  • Performer: Joanna Harrison
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2005

>Chilcott, Robert : A Little Jazz Mass, for bass, drums, piano & chorus
  • Performers: Katie Sharp; Kirsty Bailey
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Ensemble: Will Todd Trio (Trio)
  • Notes: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Chilcott, Robert : Our Father (The Bread of Life), for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chilcott, Robert : Mid-Winter, for chorus & orchestra (or brass ensemble or piano)
  • Performers: Joanna Harrison; Gemma Beeson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chilcott, Robert : For him all stars have shone, for chorus
  • Performers: Joanna Harrison; Gemma Beeson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chilcott, Robert : The Rose in the Middle of Winter, for chorus
  • Performer: Joanna Harrison
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chilcott, Robert : I Share Creation, for voices & chorus
  • Performers: Katie Sharp; Kirsty Bailey
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2005

>Chilcott, Robert : Aesop's Fables, for voices, chorus & piano
  • Performers: Katie Sharp; Gemma Beeson (Piano); Kirsty Bailey
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (08/25/2011-08/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2008