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Judith Weir (b.1954): Storm, I-V; Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; Missa del Cid; The Songs Sung True / BBC Singers; Endymion, David Hill

Album Summary

>Weir, Judith : All the Ends of the Earth, carol for chorus
>Weir, Judith : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for chorus
>Weir, Judith : Missa del Cid
>Weir, Judith : The Song Sung True, for chorus
>Weir, Judith : Storm, for youth chorus & ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The BBC Singers continue their critically lauded and award-nominated series of composer-led recordings with a new disc of works by Master of the Queen's Music Judith Weir. Recorded in the unique acoustic of the Temple Church, London, the BBC Singers are joined by the church's choristers and the contemporary music ensemble Endymion, in a retrospective of Weir's works drawn from a 25-year period.

The Guardian, 30th April 2015
We start in the cathedral, with the densely spiralling alleluias of Weir's mesmerisingly beautiful millennium anthem, All the Ends of the Earth. The simpler textures of her Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis occasionally find the choir sounding harsh up high, but theirs is a vibrant sound, never bland.

Sunday Telegraph, 14th June 2015
Tasteful, spirited and affectionate.

Irish Times, 12th June 2015
This invigorating selection of Judith Weir's choral music is nothing if not varied.

MusicWeb International, 30th June 2015
The performances are as expert as you would expect, with the BBC Singers under their very experienced choral director David Hill ... A lovely disc.

CD Review, 27th June 2015
A gorgeous, rounded sound ... it works very well indeed.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
Vocal - particularly choral - music has been a strong and persistent thread through Judith Weir's output from the start and this collection brings together works from a 25-year period... clarity of thought and texture is apparent in the concise setting of the unaccompanied Magnificat and Nunc dimittis... the high quality [of these interpretations] bode well.

Choir & Organ, September-October 2015
This CD... is to be welcomed not only for the excellence of the execution of the music but also for the opportunity it affords to sample what is, in effect, a major retrospective of Weir's choral output from a 25-year period ... David Hill presides over this important release to the manner born. A significant addition to the too-small Weir discography.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
The bright, jangling soundworld of Judith Weir's All the Ends of the Earth immediately cleanses the aural palate...the BBC Singers bring their customary high standards of versatility and exectuion to the table.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Temple Church, London.



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>Weir, Judith : All the Ends of the Earth, carol for chorus
  • Performers: Margaret Feaviour (Soprano); Micaela Haslam (Soprano); Elizabeth Poole (Soprano); Olivia Robinson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (03/19/2014-03/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Weir, Judith : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Choristers of the Temple Church, London
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Weir, Judith : Missa del Cid
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1988

>Weir, Judith : The Song Sung True, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Endymion
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (03/19/2014-03/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Weir, Judith : Storm, for youth chorus & ensemble
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (03/19/2014-03/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997