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Full of Grace: Songs to the Virgin Mary by Rachmaninov, Chilcott, Parsons, Victoria, Stravinskyk Bruckner et al. / Fairhaven Singers

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
>Chilcott, Robert : Ave Maria, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Alma Redemptoris mater, antiphon for 5 voices
>Lukaszewski, Pawel : Ave Maria, for double chorus
>Stravinsky, Igor : Blessed Virgin
>Bruckner, Anton : Ave Maria
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Ave Maria, motet for chorus, A. 319
>Franz, Robert : Ave Maria, for chorus, Op. 45/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Marienlieder (7) for chorus, Op. 22
>Traditional, Christmas : Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Sandström, Jan : Det ar en ros Utsprungen, for chorus
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canticum Mariae Virginis, for chorus
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Under musical director Ralph Woodward, the Fairhaven Singers have become one of East Anglia's foremost chamber choirs. They have performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and at major venues in London as well as touring German, Italy and France.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The Fairhaven Singers is a 40-voice choir based in Cambridge. They have given a number of concerts in London and have made tours in Italy, Germany, and France. As heard here they have a good mixed choir sound, though I find their tone just a bit breathy and pale, especially in the sopranos. It is a sound I associate with youthful English voices, though it can continue later in life judging from the photograph of the choir reproduced on the back cover of the booklet. The choral discipline and intonation are exemplary. Some choirs are able to reflect the varying stylistic properties of music from different periods with sound that is subtly different in character. These performances by the Fairhaven Singers have a strong common personality that comes through regardless of the period. It is to be expected that texts of Marian devotion will evoke music that is predominantly gentle and delicate, and that may help to account for the consistency of character in these performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Ensemble: Fairhaven Singers
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Chilcott, Robert : Ave Maria, for chorus
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1570

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Alma Redemptoris mater, antiphon for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1572

>Lukaszewski, Pawel : Ave Maria, for double chorus
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Stravinsky, Igor : Blessed Virgin
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Bruckner, Anton : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Ave Maria, motet for chorus, A. 319
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Franz, Robert : Ave Maria, for chorus, Op. 45/1
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Marienlieder (7) for chorus, Op. 22
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Traditional, Christmas : Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen
  • Performer: Ralph Woodward (Organ)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1582-1588

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Jan Sandström (1954 - ) : Det är en ros Utsprungen, for chorus
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Canticum Mariae Virginis, for chorus
  • Conductor: Ralph Woodward
  • Notes: St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1978