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Lux - Choral works by Thomas Tallis, Gregorio Allegri, Massive Attack, Ben Folds Five; Ola Gjeilo, Will Todd / Voces8

Album Summary

>Gjeilo, Ola : Ubi caritas, for chorus
>Tallis, Thomas : In manus tuas
>Elgar, Edward : Lux aeterna
>G. Marshall / A. Vowles / : Teardrop
>Tavener, John : The Mother of God, for chorus
>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Stars, for chorus & water glasses
>Dubra, Rihards : Ave Maria (i), for chorus in E major
>Hawes, Patrick : Prayer to a Guardian Angel, for soprano, harp & string orchestra
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : All-night Vigil, Op. 37
>Lauridsen, Morten : Lux aeterna
>Folds, Ben : The Luckiest
>Hymnorum, Anonymous, F. s : Corde natus ex parentis
>Todd, Will : My Lord has come, for chorus
>Mealor, Paul : Ubi caritas, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Lux (the Latin for "light") brings hope, banishes darkness and nurtures both the body and the spirit - it has inspired composers from the earliest times until the present day. A luminous selection of pieces spanning over 400 years: from Thomas Tallis and Gregorio Allegri to Massive Attack (Teardrop) and Ben Folds Five (The Luckiest - which appeared on the soundtrack for Richard Curtis's film About Time). Includes popular classics such as Allegri's "Miserere" and Elgar's "Nimrod". Paul Mealor's "Ubi Caritas," was commissioned by Prince William and sung at the Prince's wedding to Catherine Middleton in 2011. Features works by two of the most talked about composers of our time: Norway's Ola Gjeilo and Will Todd (UK). Classic FM (UK) has been closely involved in repertoire selection for this album. There is something inherently comforting about the sound of unaccompanied voices blended in harmony. Saxophone, cello, harp and water glasses make otherworldly additions to several tracks.

Choir & Organ, May 2015
One doesn't often find Thomas Tallis, Edward Elgar and John Tavener sandwiching Massive Attack, but the lovely Teardrop works astonishingly well in this mixed programme devoted to the concept of light in all its moods and forms.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Paul Smith (baritone).



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Works Details

>Gjeilo, Ola : Ubi caritas, for chorus
  • Performer: Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Tallis, Thomas : In manus tuas
  • Performers: Christian Forshaw (Saxophone); Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Elgar, Edward : Lux aeterna
  • Performer: Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Notes: Dore Abbey, Herefordshire (05/15/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>G. Marshall / A. Vowles / : Teardrop
  • Performer: Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.

>Tavener, John : The Mother of God, for chorus
  • Performer: Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Notes: Dore Abbey, Herefordshire (05/15/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
  • Performer: Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Notes: Dore Abbey, Herefordshire (05/15/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 16th Century

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Stars, for chorus & water glasses
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dubra, Rihards : Ave Maria (i), for chorus in E major
  • Performer: Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Notes: Dore Abbey, Herefordshire (05/15/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Hawes, Patrick : Prayer to a Guardian Angel, for soprano, harp & string orchestra
  • Performers: Matthew Sharp (Cello); Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : All-night Vigil, Op. 37 :: 6. Bogoroditse Devo
  • Performer: Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Notes: Dore Abbey, Herefordshire (05/15/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Lauridsen, Morten : Lux aeterna :: O Nata Lux
  • Performer: Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Notes: Dore Abbey, Herefordshire (05/15/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Folds, Ben : The Luckiest
  • Performer: Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hymnorum, Anonymous, F. s : Corde natus ex parentis
  • Performers: Christian Forshaw (Saxophone); Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.

>Todd, Will : My Lord has come, for chorus
  • Performer: Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Notes: Dore Abbey, Herefordshire (05/15/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mealor, Paul : Ubi caritas, for chorus
  • Performer: Voces8
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Notes: Dore Abbey, Herefordshire (05/15/2014-05/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary