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Choral Music from Brazil 'Romaria' / Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Geoffrey Webber

Album Summary

>Curitiba, Henrique de : Metaphors, for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor 2 basses & chorus
>Mahle, Ernest : Carimbó (Suite of Folksongs from the State of Pará)
>Lacerda, Osvaldo : Romario, for narrator & chorus
>Fonseca, C.A. Pinto : Jubiabá, for soprano & chorus
>Aguiar, Ernani : Antiquae Preces Christianae, for chorus
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Cor dolce, cor amabile, for chorus (from Musica Sacra), A. 507
>Prado, Almeida : Oráculo, for chorus
>Santoro, Claudio : Ave-Maria, for chorus
>Ramos, Marco A. Da S. : Moreninha se eu te pedisse, for chorus
>Araneda, Nibaldo : Ismália, for chorus
>Escobar, Aylton : Missa breve sobre ritmos populares brasileiros, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, bass & chor
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Magnificat alleluia, for voice, chorus & organ, A. 554
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Romaria - a word suggesting pilgrimage, crowds, and processions - evokes much of what is distinctive about modern Brazil - its mix of people, its vibrancy, its faith. This survey of modern Brazilian choral music reflects these qualities, as well as the natural wonders of this amazing land. Geoffrey Webber and his ever-adventurous choir sing both sacred and secular works dating from the 1950s to the present, in a program developed in conjunction with the University of São Paulo's music department. Founded in 1348, Caius College Choir is one of Britain's leading collegiate choirs and this is their eighth recording on Delphian.

CD Review, 9th May 2015
The performances were captivating... it's a memorable recording.

The Scotsman, 9th May 2015
A fascinating choral adventure.

The Observer, 24th May 2015
You may not have realised your life lacked a disc of modern Brazilian choral music, complete with rainforest soundtrack and talk of hummingbirds, alligators, pollution and clothes-washing. This enchanting album may convince you otherwise.

The Arts Desk, 30th May 2015
This anthology could be a dull, academic exercise, but it's fabulous. Director Geoffrey Webber's sleeve notes tell you everything you need to know about each work, but my advice would be to listen first and read later. Performances are consistently stunning. Diction is impeccable, and the whole packs an exhilarating, very un-English punch. Magical, and magnificently recorded. Which neglected choral sub-genre will Webber tackle next?

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
The rainforest tape that opens this remarkable disc might seem a Brazilian cliche - and in a sense it is. But it is a significant one...Much of it is technically demanding but, under Geoffrey Webber's clearly inspired direction, the Caius Choir sound as though they have known this music intimately for years.

MusicWeb International, 11th August 2015
Another disc to reinforce my opinion that the music of Latin America is as astoundingly rich and rewarding as it is under-appreciated.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014).



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Works Details

>Curitiba, Henrique de : Metaphors, for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor 2 basses & chorus
  • Performers: Malachy Frame; John Gowers; Emily Kay; James Robinson; Billie Robson
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Ensemble: Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Mahle, Ernest : Carimbó (Suite of Folksongs from the State of Pará) :: 3. Jacaré
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Mahle, Ernest : Carimbó (Suite of Folksongs from the State of Pará) :: 5. Lavadeira
  • Performer: Elunyd Bradshaw
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Mahle, Ernest : Carimbó (Suite of Folksongs from the State of Pará) :: 2. Siriri
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Mahle, Ernest : Carimbó (Suite of Folksongs from the State of Pará) :: 8. O Pau rolou
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Mahle, Ernest : Carimbó (Suite of Folksongs from the State of Pará) :: 9. Vamo acabá co'este samba
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Lacerda, Osvaldo : Romario, for narrator & chorus
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Fonseca, C.A. Pinto : Jubiabá, for soprano & chorus
  • Performer: Imogen Sebba
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Aguiar, Ernani : Antiquae Preces Christianae, for chorus
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Cor dolce, cor amabile, for chorus (from Musica Sacra), A. 507
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Prado, Almeida : Oráculo, for chorus
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974

>Santoro, Claudio : Ave-Maria, for chorus
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ramos, Marco A. Da S. : Moreninha se eu te pedisse, for chorus
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Araneda, Nibaldo : Ismália, for chorus
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Escobar, Aylton : Missa breve sobre ritmos populares brasileiros, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, bass & chor
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Magnificat alleluia, for voice, chorus & organ, A. 554
  • Performers: Liam Crangle (Organ); Kate Symonds
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Notes: Chapel of Girton College, Cambridge, England (07/03/2014-07/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958