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The Song of the Stars: British Music for Upper Voice Choir - works by Chilcott, Mealor, Holst, MacMillan, O'Regan, McDowall, Tavener, Whitbourn / Eleanor Turner, harp; Elliot Launn, piano

Album Summary

>Chilcott, Robert : The Song of the Stars, for chorus
>Mealor, Paul : Lux Benigna, for chorus
>Holst, Gustav : Ave Maria, Op. 9b/H 49
>Holst, Gustav : Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Group 3, H. 99, Op. 26, no 3
>MacMillan, James : Nova! Nova! Ave fit ex Eva, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : New-made for a king, for female chorus & piano
>O'Regan, Tarik : Columba aspexit, for high voice chorus & piano ad lib
>O'Regan, Tarik : A Light Exists in Spring, for chorus & piano
>O'Regan, Tarik : Alleluia, laus et gloria, for chorus
>McDowall, Cecilia : Regina Caeli, for chorus
>Tavener, John : Ikon of St Hilda, for soprano & female chorus
>Tavener, John : Theotoke, for female chorus
>Tavener, John : Missa Brevis
>Whitbourn, James : Festival Alleluia, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Beauty, purity, and expressivity mark out music for upper voice choirs. On this recording, performed by one of the UK's leading vocal ensembles, the repertoire embraces classics of the genre such as Gustav Holst's sublime Ave Maria and his third group of Hymns from the Rig Veda, as well as contemporary music. James MacMillan and Sir John Tavener are represented by works that explore their unique musical language, whilst Bob Chilcott's technically demanding The Song of the Stars offers richly approachable pleasures.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2015
It's impossible to express too emphatically just how good the girls of the Wells Cathedral School Choralia sound on this new collection of music for upper voices. The 24 singers together create a sound that is both blended and impeccably balanced, completely consistent throughout widely varied repertoire, but also capable of such constant reinvention.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014).



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>Chilcott, Robert : The Song of the Stars, for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral School Choralia
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Mealor, Paul : Lux Benigna, for chorus
  • Performer: Elliot Launn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Holst, Gustav : Ave Maria, Op. 9b/H 49
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Holst, Gustav : Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Group 3, H. 99, Op. 26, no 3 :: Hymn to the Dawn
  • Performer: Eleanor Turner (Harp)
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1908-1914

>Holst, Gustav : Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Group 3, H. 99, Op. 26, no 3 :: Hymn to the Waters
  • Performer: Eleanor Turner (Harp)
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1908-1914

>Holst, Gustav : Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Group 3, H. 99, Op. 26, no 3 :: Hymn to Vena
  • Performer: Eleanor Turner (Harp)
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1908-1914

>Holst, Gustav : Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Group 3, H. 99, Op. 26, no 3 :: Hymn of the Travellers
  • Performer: Eleanor Turner (Harp)
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1908-1914

>MacMillan, James : Nova! Nova! Ave fit ex Eva, for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2012

>MacMillan, James : New-made for a king, for female chorus & piano
  • Performer: Elliot Launn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>O'Regan, Tarik : Columba aspexit, for high voice chorus & piano ad lib
  • Performer: Jessie Malcolm
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>O'Regan, Tarik : A Light Exists in Spring, for chorus & piano
  • Performer: Elliot Launn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>O'Regan, Tarik : Alleluia, laus et gloria, for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>McDowall, Cecilia : Regina Caeli, for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Tavener, John : Ikon of St Hilda, for soprano & female chorus
  • Performer: Annabel Green
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Tavener, John : Theotoke, for female chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2001

>Tavener, John : Missa Brevis :: Agnus Dei
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Whitbourn, James : Festival Alleluia, for chorus
  • Performer: Elliot Launn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Finch
  • Notes: St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK (07/08/2014-07/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010