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Jonathan Dove: Choral Music

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>Dove, Jonathan : Bless the Lord, O my soul [vv. from Psalm 104], for chorus & organ
>Dove, Jonathan : Missa brevis, for chorus & organ
>Dove, Jonathan : I am the Day, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : Wellcome, all wonders in one sight!, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : The Star-Song, for chorus & organ
>Dove, Jonathan : The Three Kings, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : Run, shepherds, run!, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : Ecce beatam lucem, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : In beauty may I walk, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars (Psalm 139), for chorus & organ
>Dove, Jonathan : Into Thy Hands, for unaccompanied chorus

Album Summary

>Dove, Jonathan : Bless the Lord, O my soul [vv. from Psalm 104], for chorus & organ
>Dove, Jonathan : Missa brevis, for chorus & organ
>Dove, Jonathan : I am the Day, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : Wellcome, all wonders in one sight!, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : The Star-Song, for chorus & organ
>Dove, Jonathan : The Three Kings, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : Run, shepherds, run!, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : Ecce beatam lucem, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : In beauty may I walk, for chorus
>Dove, Jonathan : Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars (Psalm 139), for chorus & organ
>Dove, Jonathan : Into Thy Hands, for unaccompanied chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Jonathan Dove's beautiful choral works have made him into a household name among professional and amateur singers alike. His writing is eminently approachable yet highly original. The 'Missa brevis' is the most recent work to be recorded here and was commissioned by the Cathedral Organists' Association for their conference in May 2009 and first performed by the Wells Cathedral Choir under Matthew Owens' direction. The same forces have recorded it here along with a delectable selection of Dove's anthems.

"The quality of any cathedral choir is governed by the standard of its trebles; they come and go so rapidly as the years pass and their voices break that to maintain a consistently high level is every choirmaster's headache. Wells is currently enjoying a superb top line, rewardingly displayed in this collection of Jonathan Dove's radiant choral works, including a first recording of his sparkling Missa Brevis, commissioned last year for the Cathedral Organists' Association with the stipulation that it should be in reach of any good church choir. It makes an attractive, stimulating addition to the liturgy." -The Guardian

"Jonathan Dove is a name new to me but apparently not in Britain; he has written a slew of operas and seems a creature of the theater, from a young age being fascinated by it and its accoutrements. Much of this drama translates into his many works for the Anglican Church as well, and to very good effect. I can honestly say that there is not a bad apple in this religious bag.

Dove's music, while involved in sundry complexities like mixed meter and chordal clusters, etc, using appropriate modern techniques, is always under girded by a firmly established tonality that makes itself known in the simplest of ways. Time and time again throughout this album I found myself humming along with the bass line, a sure indicator of the tonal framework that sits above it, to patterns that were tried and true and suggestive of an almost elementary progression. Yet Dove's music is anything but elementary, with all sorts of things happening that remain grounded in a sense of well-being, fortified by a melodic gift second to none. But I think his secret is the fact that he is so ensconced in very basic underlying harmonic progressions.

He is also a master at word setting - just listen to Run, shepherds, run! with its brilliant repetitions on the main title that give one the almost palpable feeling of heading over the hills in double time trying to keep up with the sheep. Or the descriptive power of Dorothy Sayer's poem The Three Kings, tempos and mood changing according to the stanza which speaks of a young, middling, and aging king - wonderful stuff, as is every track on this recording, done in spacious sound at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Wells in Somerset. Guaranteed to give great pleasure to a broad audience". -Audiophile Audition

'Dove's fresh, diatonic idiom is coupled to a matchless sense of word-setting ... He writes most gratefully for the voice, with the intensity of Kenneth Leighton, the bravura of Britten and the timeless ecstasy of Tavener ... The Wells choristers tackle everythign with aplomb, élan and evident enjoyment' (Gramophone)

'Wells must currently stand as England's finest cathedral choir, and its legacy of promoting contemporary church music will remain long after every treble voice here has become a baritone, tenor or bass ... As it stands today, that top line has unfailing precision of pitch and unaffected beauty of tone, while the men possess the flexibility and collective musicianship to underlay that top line with impeccable textural clarity and satisfying tonal depth ... Few will not respond to the sparkling and angelic 'Wellcome, all wonders in one sight ... while 'Run, shepherds, run!' ... adds a moment of high drama, reminding us vividly of Dove's operatic credentials ... This disc offers some moments of pure magic and many truly uplifting experiences' (International Record Review)

'Matthew Owens has clearly prepared the choir with scrupulous sensitivity, and conducts with an incisive freshness ... Dove's music is splendidly effective and brightly expressive' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Wells is currently enjoying a superb top line, rewardingly displayed in this collection of Jonathan Dove's radiant choral works, including a first recording of his sparkling Missa Brevis' (The Observer)

' "Into thy hands", using as texts two 12th-century prayers, offers evidence that modern religious choral music need not descend into wince-inducing happy-clappy idiocy. Dove charms and beguiles us, and the performances by the Wells Cathedral Choir under Matthew Owens are faultless. There's also the recording quality, with the cathedral acoustic offering just enough reverberance to give the voices a heavenly glow' (The Arts Desk.com)

"Among five fine Advent and Christmas pieces, 'I am the Day' stands out...The manic excitement of 'Run, Shepherds, Run' swept me right along. For sheer beauty, it's hard to beat 'Ecce Beatam Lucem'...With 'In Beauty May I Walk'...the composer achieves a profound effect with the simplest of means. The remaining pieces are well worth hearing- owing in no small part, to the accomplished and engaging singing of the dependable Wells Cathedral Choir. We get great sound plus a complete and solid booklet. Take heed, O ye lovers of English choral music. Hyperion rarely devotes an entire album to a single composer unless he is pretty special."-American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, Engl (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-).



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Works Details

>Dove, Jonathan : Bless the Lord, O my soul [vv. from Psalm 104], for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Dove, Jonathan : Missa brevis, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2009

>Dove, Jonathan : I am the Day, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dove, Jonathan : Wellcome, all wonders in one sight!, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1990

>Dove, Jonathan : The Star-Song, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2008

>Dove, Jonathan : The Three Kings, for chorus
  • Performers: Sophie Gallagher (Voice); Folasade Lapido (Organ); Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Dove, Jonathan : Run, shepherds, run!, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2001

>Dove, Jonathan : Ecce beatam lucem, for chorus
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dove, Jonathan : In beauty may I walk, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1998

>Dove, Jonathan : Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars (Psalm 139), for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ); Sophie Gallagher (Voice)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dove, Jonathan : Into Thy Hands, for unaccompanied chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (2009-06-03_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary