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Gabriel Jackson (b.1962): 'Airplane Cantata' / Rex Lawson, pianola; BBC Singers; Hill, Morgan

Album Summary

>Jackson, Gabriel : The Voice of the Bard, for chorus
>Jackson, Gabriel : Ruchill Linn, for chorus
>Jackson, Gabriel : Airplane Cantata, for speaker, chorus & pianola
>Jackson, Gabriel : Winter Heavens, for chorus
>Jackson, Gabriel : Choral Symphony, for chorus
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The BBC Singers continue their series of releases featuring works by their official Associate Composer - a unique chance for some of the most talented artists to create works for the ensemble - with a new collection of world premiere recordings of works by British composer Gabriel Jackson. The central work of the program - Airplane Cantata - explores the early days of aviation through the journals, news reports and accounts that surrounded this world-changing era. Featuring characteristically precise performances from the BBC Singers, they are joined on this disc by the world-renowned pianola player Rex Lawson.

BBC Music Magazine
The BBC Singers work their usual wonders in making anything you throw at them sound confident and fully assimilated...The performance, conducted by David Hill, is again wonderfully resourceful and committed.

Choir & Organ, November 2014
Anyone wanting to test the state of contemporary choral music and its performance need look no further than this CD - it's a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2014
Whether Jackson uses this material as anything more than an excuse to put the singers through a series of daunting technical hoops is open to question; but, with such luminous diction and an enchanting collective buoyancy, the sound of the BBC Singers here is, in itself, something not to be missed.

International Record Review, October 2014
Those who think of the pianola as merely an automaton may care to think again after hearing the extraordinary finesse of Rex Lawson's performance ... all the music recorded here, and the performances too, have both complexity and lightness, seriousness and humour, and this helps make the disk rewarding to listen to.

MusicWeb International, November 2014
Throughout this exciting and demanding programme the BBC Singers perform with the virtuosity which we're accustomed to hearing from them...Gabriel Jackson's music receives splendid advocacy here and this disc will be a mandatory purchase for all his admirers.



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Works Details

>Jackson, Gabriel : The Voice of the Bard, for chorus
  • Performers: Lynette Alcantara (Soprano); Christopher Bowen (Organ); Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone); Olivia Robinson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Jackson, Gabriel : Ruchill Linn, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jackson, Gabriel : Airplane Cantata, for speaker, chorus & pianola
  • Performers: Stephen Jeffes; Rex Lawson (Pianola)
  • Conductor: James Morgan
  • Running Time: 18 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Jackson, Gabriel : Winter Heavens, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jackson, Gabriel : Choral Symphony, for chorus
  • Performers: Christopher Bowen (Organ); Margaret Cameron (Soprano); Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone); Elizabeth Poole (Soprano); Alison Smart (Soprano); Emma Tring
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Running Time: 26 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral