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Bob Chilcott (b,.1955): The Angry Planet, environmental cantata / BBC Singers; The Bach Choir; David Hill et al.

Audio Samples

  1. Bob Chilcott — Five Days that Changed the World: I. Thursday 29 March 1455: The Invention of Printing $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bob Chilcott — Five Days that Changed the World: II. Friday 1 August 1834: The Abolition of Slavery $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bob Chilcott — Five Days that Changed the World: III. Monday 14 December 1903: The First Powered Flight $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bob Chilcott — Five Days that Changed the World: IV. Friday 28 September 1928: The Discovery of Penicillin $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bob Chilcott — Five Days that Changed the World: V. Wednesday 12 April 1961: The First Man in Space $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bob Chilcott — The Miracle of Spring: I. Where Water Waits $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bob Chilcott — The Miracle of Spring: II. The Source of The Spring $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bob Chilcott — The Miracle of Spring: III. To Sing of Water $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bob Chilcott — The Miracle of Spring: IV. The Desert $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bob Chilcott — The Miracle of Spring: V. The Voice of Water $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 1: I. 6pm $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 1: II. As If $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 1: III. Yellow Eye $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 2: I. Remember $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 2: II. 9pm $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 2: III. Green Rain $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 3: I. Midnight $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 3: II. We Need $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 3: III. 3am $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 3: IV. Sorry Too Late $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 4: I. Peppermint Freckles $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 4: II. 6am (Lutra lutra) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Bob Chilcott — The Angry Planet, Pt. 4: III. Perhaps $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Chilcott, Robert : Five Days that Changed the World, for children's chorus, chorus, piano & timpani
>Chilcott, Robert : The Miracle of the Spring, for soloists, chorus & percussion
>Chilcott, Robert : The Angry Planet, an environmental cantata for children's chorus & chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The three works on this 2CD set further confirm Bob Chilcott’s status as one of the world’s most popular active choral composers. Five Days That Changed The World creates a strikingly vivid and personal account of each of five protagonist's experiences of a historical event. The Miracle of the Spring celebrates the pursuit, and eventual discovery, of water. The Angry Planet (2012) combines the precision and skill of the BBC Singers and The Bach Choir with the exuberance of a host of young persons and Children’s choirs, including The Young Singers, London Youth Choir and Finchley Children’s Music Group.

The Observer, 12th July 2015
This recording...is directed by David Hill and expertly weaves the professionalism of the BBC Singers and Bach Choir with the touching innocence of a mix of young choirs...this two-CD set makes a compelling case for Chilcott as today's pre-eminent composer for all voices, whatever their ability.

MusicWeb International, 28th July 2015
This work, together with the other more recent ones on CD 1, is a fine achievement, and simply adds to Bob Chilcott's profile as one of the most brilliant composers of vocal music around today. He is also a major ambassador for the simple undying joy of singing.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
Most impressive here is the range of textures and effects Chilcott conjures from his choirs... he offers everything from thick homophony to pulsating ostinatos and even spoken text against a background of aleatoric murmurings... a set of excellent performances.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
I think you'll enjoy Five Days That Changed the World, Chilcott's musical celebration of some of history's most momentous events. A jumpy and ebullient "Quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" pays tribute to Herr Gutenberg as he unsheathes the power of the printed word. Swirling musical figures help Orville and Wilbur get airborne, and there's an introspective acknowledgement of the humbling truth that sometimes great ideas find us rather than the other way around.

Most affecting of all are Chilcott's five lovely songs recounting The Miracle of the Spring. It's spring as in water not the season, by the way, and the songs are loving tributes to the substance that nurtures the life of our species. It's the BBC Singers with a glockenspiel and log drum in tow who perform the songs with lilting affection. The loveliest four minutes of the program come in 'The Source of the Spring' with its catchy folk-style melody that winds up sounding a bit like Stephen Foster once the choir takes over from the soloists. I hope I get the chance to sing it sometime. Informative notes are included along with the texts.



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Works Details

>Chilcott, Robert : Five Days that Changed the World, for children's chorus, chorus, piano & timpani
  • Performers: Gemma Beeson (Piano); Marcus Gruett (Timpani)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: The Young Singers
  • Running Time: 18 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Chilcott, Robert : The Miracle of the Spring, for soloists, chorus & percussion
  • Performers: Nigel Charman (Percussion); Marcus Gruett (Percussion); Olivia Robinson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Chilcott, Robert : The Angry Planet, an environmental cantata for children's chorus & chorus
  • Performer: Emma Tring
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Running Time: 44 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012