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Invisible Stars: Choral Works of Ireland & Scotland by Bill Whelan, Desmond Earley, Michael McGlynn et al. / Choral Scholars, Univ. of Dublin

Album Summary

>Domhnaill, Sean C. M. : Mo Ghille Mear, song
>Whelan, Bill : Sun and Moon and Stars, for chorus
>Antognini, Ivo : War, for chorus & obbligato oboe
>McGlynn, Michael : Geantraí, for chorus
>Anonymous : Gartan Mother's Lullaby
>Whelan, Bill : The Coast of Galicia, for harp
>Earley, Desmond : He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, for mezzo-soprano, chorus & harp
>Graham, Brendan : Orphan Girl, for chorus
>Antognini, Ivo : Peace, for chorus & obbligato oboe
>Traditional, American : Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, folk song
>Rooney, Michael : Land's End, jig for harp
>Traditional, Irish : 'Sí do Mhamó í (She's Your Granny), folk song
>Traditional : Siuil A Run
>Lovland, Rolf : Sleepsong
>Traditional, Scottish : Over the Sea to Skye (a.k.a. "The Skye Boat Song")
>Traditional, Irish : The Parting Glass
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Ireland's leading collegiate choral ensemble, The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin bring us their first recording on Signum. The program of this album is a blend of Scottish and Irish music, themed around water and farewell. Conductor Desmond Early says of the album, "It is happy coincidence that the title of this disc, Invisible Stars, and the motto of University College Dublin - Ad Astra ('to the stars')- connect in this... This recording is our celebration of creativity, talent, and youthful energy, and at the same time a gesture of remembrance toward the many 'invisible stars' who went before us a century ago.

Classical Ear, 23rd March 2016
For sheer beauty of sound and contemplative luxuriousness, this debut by the mixed-voice Choral Scholars of University College, Dublin is an altogether captivating experience. Lovers of elegantly crafted singing will find much to enjoy here in a survey of Irish and Scottish songs that also reaches across the Atlantic in the Appalachian-accented Black is the Colour of My True Love's Hair ... Vocal solos are pristinely realised, the ensemble sound gilded and glowing.

Choir & Organ, March/April 2016
Blending 'folk' voices with choral precision tight harmony isn't easy but Desmond Earley has a passionate stake in both and doesn't put a foot wrong here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-).



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Works Details

>Domhnaill, Sean C. M. : Mo Ghille Mear, song
  • Performers: Tristan Rosenstock (Bodhran); Mark Waters
  • Conductor: Desmond Earley
  • Ensemble: Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Whelan, Bill : Sun and Moon and Stars, for chorus
  • Performers: Emily Doyle; Emma Murphy (Cello)
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2013

>Antognini, Ivo : War, for chorus & obbligato oboe
  • Performer: David Agnew (Oboe)
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>McGlynn, Michael : Geantraí, for chorus
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous : Gartan Mother's Lullaby
  • Performers: Hazel Conway; Geraldine O'Doherty (Harp)
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Whelan, Bill : The Coast of Galicia, for harp
  • Performer: Geraldine O'Doherty (Harp)
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Earley, Desmond : He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, for mezzo-soprano, chorus & harp
  • Performers: Geraldine O'Doherty (Harp); Marie Woulfe
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Graham, Brendan : Orphan Girl, for chorus
  • Performers: Abby Molloy; Kevin Whyms (Guitar)
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Antognini, Ivo : Peace, for chorus & obbligato oboe
  • Performers: David Agnew (Oboe); Glenn Murphy
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Traditional, American : Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, folk song
  • Performer: Mark Waters
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.

>Rooney, Michael : Land's End, jig for harp
  • Performer: Geraldine O'Doherty (Harp)
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Irish : 'Sí do Mhamó í (She's Your Granny), folk song
  • Performers: Aoife Heeney; Oisin O'callaghan
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.

>Traditional : Siuil A Run
  • Performer: Sarah Thursfield
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.

>Lovland, Rolf : Sleepsong
  • Performer: Emily Doyle
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Scottish : Over the Sea to Skye (a.k.a. "The Skye Boat Song")
  • Performer: Glenn Murphy
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.

>Traditional, Irish : The Parting Glass
  • Performer: Mark Waters
  • Notes: Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland (2014-09-19_2014-09-21&2015-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance