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Jackson: Not no faceless Angel / Layton, Polyphony

Album Summary

>Jackson, Gabriel : To Morning
>Jackson, Gabriel : Song (I gaze upon you)
>Jackson, Gabriel : Cecilia Virgo
>Jackson, Gabriel : Orbis patrator optime
>Jackson, Gabriel : Ave Maria
>Jackson, Gabriel : Hymn to the Trinity (Honor, virtus et potestas)
>Jackson, Gabriel : Not no faceless Angel
>Jackson, Gabriel : O sacrum convivium
>Jackson, Gabriel : Lux mortuorum
>Jackson, Gabriel : Salve Regina
>Jackson, Gabriel : Salve Regina 2
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Polyphony's recordings of contemporary choral music are among Hyperion's perennial bestsellers and have introduced thousands of listeners to magical new worlds of sound. On this new disc, under their inspirational director, Stephen Layton, the composer Gabriel Jackson gets the Polyphony treatment. Jackson's uniquely appealing choral works have made him one of the most familiar names in the repertoire today. His liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of many of Britain's leading cathedral and collegiate choirs and in 2003 he won the liturgical category at the inaugural British Composer Awards. His music is deeply attractive: meditative, contemplative and unashamedly spiritual.

'An absolutely outstanding choral recording ... after hearing that performance from Polyphony directed by Stephen Layton, it's hard to believe that there's another vocal ensemble that could bring such radiant perfection of voice and ensemble to bear on this music. Some of the sounds are just heart-stoppingly beautiful. A surfeit of beauty? Maybe, but such synergy of imagination and performance.' (BBC Radio 3, CD Review)

'There are many striking features of this ravishing disc, beautifully and imaginatively performed by Stephen Layton and Polyphony ... Jackson possesses an instinct for acoustic and vocal texture, but the beauty and sheer appeal of his vocal works, challenging as they are, are sculpted by an energising pragmatism open both to the professional and ambitious amateur choir' (Gramophone)

'Jackson has an unerring gift for the natural rhythms of language, resulting in delightfully unhurried miniatures that should suit any competent chamber choir ... Polyphony deliver an intelligent and gripping musical performance at a very high standard. This sublime album comes highly recommended and the performances are another triumph for Polyphony and Stephen Layton' (MusicalCriticism.com)

'The sopranos throughout represent the icing on the musical cake with their gloriously luminous, pure tone. Technical stuff out the way, this performance also satisfies the soul; Polyphony effortlessly evoke the music's transcendent qualities in a performance awash with holy reverence. This is music and a performance that takes the ears and the mind heavenwards, whatever you believe' (BBC Online)

BBC Music Magazine
Not no faceless Angel', which takes a poem on bereavement as its basis. ... is triumphantly holistic in its impact, with some soaring, ecstatic soprano writing particularly catching the ear, and a wistful, touchingly deployed harmonic scheme etching out the poem's poignant emotions. ...Salve regina 2, is quite different in style and character, with trill-like and nimbly arpeggiated effects built into the divided soprano writing, a more conservative use of harmony, and a predominantly bright, cheerful disposition. In this particular repertoire, it's difficult to imagine performances of greater distinction.



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Works Details

>Jackson, Gabriel : To Morning
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/03/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Jackson, Gabriel : Song (I gaze upon you)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/03/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Jackson, Gabriel : Cecilia Virgo
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/03/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Jackson, Gabriel : Orbis patrator optime
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/03/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Jackson, Gabriel : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/03/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Jackson, Gabriel : Hymn to the Trinity (Honor, virtus et potestas)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/03/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Jackson, Gabriel : Not no faceless Angel
  • Performers: Clare O'Connell (Cello); Katherine Bicknell (Flute)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/03/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Jackson, Gabriel : O sacrum convivium
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/03/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Jackson, Gabriel : Lux mortuorum
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/03/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Jackson, Gabriel : Salve Regina
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/03/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Jackson, Gabriel : Salve Regina 2
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/03/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004