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Upheld by Stillness: Songs by William Byrd, Philippe de Monte, Roxanna Panufnik, Francis Pott / Ora, Suzi Digby

Album Summary

>de Monte, Philippe : Super Flumina Babylonis, for 8 voices
>Byrd, William : Quomodo cantabimus, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
>Panufnik, Roxanna : Kyrie after Byrd, for chorus
>Pott, Francis : Laudate Dominum, for chorus
>L'Estrange, Alexander : Show me, deare Christ, for chorus
>Park, Owain : Upheld by stillness, for chorus
>Bray, Charlotte : Agnus Dei, for chorus
>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus
>Williams, Roderick : Ave verum corpus Re-imagined, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Led by Artistic Director and conductor Suzi Digby, the talented English choral ensemble ORA was founded in 2014. The choir's mission is to showcase 'classic' masterpieces of Renaissance choral music alongside works by contemporary composers. For Upheld by Stillness, the group's harmonia mundi début, ORA asked several composers to write works reflecting on the music of William Byrd, including his Mass for Five Voices. Included here, paired with Byrd's originals, are world première recordings of newly commissioned works by Roxanna Panufnik, Francis Pott, Alexander L'Estrange, Owain Park, Charlotte Bray and Roderick Williams.

CD Review, 13th February 2016
ORA is made up of some of the UK's finest consort singers, sitting to my ears somewhere between The Sixteen and Tenebrae... The melancholy severity of Byrd's original is beautifully measured, ORA supplying some of the flexibility and relish for the unfolding harmonies I sometimes miss from The Sixteen's recording ... I'll be listening eagerly to see if volume 2 is done with such a sure touch.

Early Music Review, 20/03/2016
Even if one already possesses one or more versions of Byrd's Mass for Five Voices - and it is a work which invites and can bear any number of interpretations - it is well worth owning the disc under review, to hear the Mass in this accomplished performance by ORA in the company of some outstanding modern compositions which respond to it... be tempted, give in.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
Set against the blanched purity of a group such as The Tallis Scholars, ORA's tone is more off-white - chill taken off by the character in these youthful voices. Digby's direction is about as interventionist as you can get in this repertoire without being mannered...Six premieres give this disc plenty of musical meat but what's surprising is the near-unanimity of the new works' sound worlds.

MusicWeb International, February 2016
Only those lovers of Byrd for whom mingling the old and new is anathema can fail to be impressed by this new recording. Others should not hesitate. I hope that this album succeeds as it deserves to do and look forward with interest to the forthcoming sequels.

The Independent on Sunday, 14th February 2016
A musical comet ... you'll go a long way to hear singing this good. Truly, this is British choral music's new golden age.

The Guardian, 17th April 2016
In bold projects like this, the ever-reliable English choral tradition is renewed again.

Choir & Organ, May/June 2016
ORA has taken as the starting point for its first album the glorious perfection of William Byrd's polyphony, sung here with equal perfection ... This CD is superb and together with these exemplary performances should receive many accolades.

Early Music Today, June/August 2016
Immaculate performances ... Panufnik's ethereal Kyrie features intense harmonic shifts and long lines seamlessly delivered by the singers ... Brilliantly showcased by ORA, all the new works should be snapped up for performance by other choirs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, England (02/16/2015-02/18/2015).



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Works Details

>de Monte, Philippe : Super Flumina Babylonis, for 8 voices
  • Conductor: Suzi Digby
  • Ensemble: Ora
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, England (02/16/2015-02/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Quomodo cantabimus, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
  • Conductor: Suzi Digby
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, England (02/16/2015-02/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1584

>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: Suzi Digby
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, England (02/16/2015-02/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1590

>Panufnik, Roxanna : Kyrie after Byrd, for chorus
  • Conductor: Suzi Digby
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, England (02/16/2015-02/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Pott, Francis : Laudate Dominum, for chorus
  • Conductor: Suzi Digby
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, England (02/16/2015-02/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>L'Estrange, Alexander : Show me, deare Christ, for chorus
  • Performers: Julie Cooper (Soprano); William Gaunt (Bass); Nicholas Madden; Emma Walshe
  • Conductor: Suzi Digby
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, England (02/16/2015-02/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Park, Owain : Upheld by stillness, for chorus
  • Performer: Emilia Morton
  • Conductor: Suzi Digby
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, England (02/16/2015-02/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bray, Charlotte : Agnus Dei, for chorus
  • Performer: Elizabeth Drury (Voice)
  • Conductor: Suzi Digby
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, England (02/16/2015-02/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus :: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Conductor: Suzi Digby
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, England (02/16/2015-02/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1605

>Williams, Roderick : Ave verum corpus Re-imagined, for chorus
  • Performers: Richard Bannan (Boy Soprano); Jeremy Budd (Voice); Julie Cooper (Soprano); Ben Davies (Tenor); Elizabeth Drury (Voice); William Gaunt (Bass); Camilla Harris; Steven Harrold (Tenor); Nicholas Madden; Eleanor Minney; Emilia Morton; Kim Porter (Alto); Edmund Saddington; Nicholas Todd; Emma Walshe
  • Conductor: Suzi Digby
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, England (02/16/2015-02/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary