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Choral Music of Jeremy Filsell (b.1964) and David Briggs (b.1962) / Vasari Singers

Album Summary

>Filsell, Jeremy : Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, for chorus & organ
>Filsell, Jeremy : Epitaph (Here shadow lie), for chorus & organ
>Filsell, Jeremy : If God build not the house, anthem for chorus & organ
>Filsell, Jeremy : Windsor Evening Service, for chorus & organ
>Filsell, Jeremy : The Transfiguration, for chorus & organ
>Filsell, Jeremy : Windsor Morning Service, for chorus & organ
>Briggs, David : Pange lingua, for chorus
>Briggs, David : Improvisation on Tantum Ergo, for organ
>Briggs, David : Messe for Saint-Sulpice, for chorus & organ
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording brings together two of today's finest British organist/composers and includes specially commissioned works. Jeremy Filsell's music is rooted in a long liturgical tradition and ranges from a poignant Epitaph to a Te Deum which recreates the spirit of William Walton's glorious piece for the 1953 Coronation. David Briggs's Pange lingua portrays the wonders of the Holy Communion in music, and his dramatic and grandiose Messe pour Saint-Sulpice also has moments of quiet, emotional profundity. The Vasari Singers' Great British Anthems (8.572504) has been described as 'essential listening' (Gramophone).

MusicWeb International, 8th October 2013
This is a very fine disc indeed and one that I've enjoyed greatly. The music of both featured composers is of the highest quality and the performances are surely definitive. The Vasari Singers are on top form, singing with incisiveness and great commitment.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Jeremy Filsell and David Briggs are both organist-composers who were born and trained in Britain and are currently living in North America. Filsell writes music that's strong, accessible, and full of contrasts. The Vasaris are one of the Sceptered Isle's better chamber choirs with elegant performances. The organ playing is stylish and colorful, which is to be expected since both these world-class artists are playing their own music. Naxos clinches the deal with excellent sonics and a booklet with notes, texts, and an English translation of the Mass.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/15/2013-02/17/2013).



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>Filsell, Jeremy : Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Ensemble: Vasari Singers
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/15/2013-02/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Filsell, Jeremy : Epitaph (Here shadow lie), for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/15/2013-02/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Filsell, Jeremy : If God build not the house, anthem for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/15/2013-02/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Filsell, Jeremy : Windsor Evening Service, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/15/2013-02/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Filsell, Jeremy : The Transfiguration, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/15/2013-02/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Filsell, Jeremy : Windsor Morning Service, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/15/2013-02/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Briggs, David : Pange lingua, for chorus
  • Performer: Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/15/2013-02/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Briggs, David : Improvisation on Tantum Ergo, for organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/15/2013-02/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Briggs, David : Messe for Saint-Sulpice, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/15/2013-02/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary