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Alec Roth (b.1948): A Time to Dance; Hatfield Service; Men & Angels / Grace Davidson, soprano; Matthew Venner, alto; Samuel Boden, tenor; Greg Skidmore, bass; Tim Harper, organ; Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore

Album Summary

>Roth, Alec : A Time to Dance, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Roth, Alec : Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, for chorus & chamber organ ("Hatfield Service")
>Roth, Alec : Men and Angels, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Alec Roth's new oratorio, A Time to Dance, is a celebration of times and seasons. Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra, who gave the première of the work in 2012, recreate the sheer exuberance of that live performance on this recording. The oratorio is paired with Roth's Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Hatfield Service) and Men & Angels, a clever setting of John Donne's Antiphon "Praised be the God of love."

Gramophone Magazine, February 2016
A strong quartet of soloists move through the seasons... [and] all come together with the massed forces of Ex Cathedra (on typically fine form) for a stately Globe-style jig, bringing this immensely attractive cycle to its exuberant close.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
This is a happy work, full of bracing rhythms and attractive melodies that sound as if a madrigal group has settled in on Broadway. Most singers I know would be tickled to get to know this music, and it's performed here with proprietary enthusiasm and charm. I also think you'll like these spiritually rapt performances of Roth's 'Nunc Dimittis' and 'Men and Angels'. Hyperion does right by the composer, performers, and by us in their engineering and annotation. Definitely a keeper.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/14/2014-08/16/2014).



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>Roth, Alec : A Time to Dance, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/14/2014-08/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Roth, Alec : Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, for chorus & chamber organ ("Hatfield Service")
  • Performer: Timothy Harper (Chamber Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/14/2014-08/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Roth, Alec : Men and Angels, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (08/14/2014-08/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014