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Mother and Child - Sacred music by contemporary composers

Mother and Child - Sacred music by contemporary composers-Choir
ID: SIGCD501 (EAN: 635212050125)  | 1 CD | DDD
Released in: 6th June 2003
Signum Records
BENNETT, Richard Rodney | DOVE, Jonathan | FILSELL, Jeremy | L’ESTRANGE, Alexander | POTT, Francis | SWAYNE, Giles | TAVENER, John
FILSELL, Jeremy (organ)
SHORT, Nigel
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Sacred music by contemporary composers

Includes Tavener World Premiere Recording

Signum Records is delighted to announce the release of Tenebrae's second disc, Mother and Child
Tenebrae has, in its short existence, made a considerable impact with fresh and vital re-interpretations of classic works in the choral repertoire. On this new recording, innovatory and lesser-known repertoire is drawn from contemporary sources, reflecting an exploratory approach which places the group artistically at the cutting edge.
This is a distinctive and distinguished collection of works by a number of living composers, many of whom have established themselves at the creative forefront of the choral scene in recent times.

Five of the tracks are world premier recordings:
Francis Pott: The souls of the righteous Sir John Tavener: Mother and Child Alexander L’Estrange: Lute-book lullaby Jeremy Filsell: O be joyful in the Lord Francis Pott: My song is love unknown

The centre-piece of the disc is a new commission - Mother and Child - by from the world acclaimed composer Sir John Taverner.

The universal aspect of motherhood is an idea to which Tavener has returned again and again in his music. Behind this concept lies that of infinite theophanic light, an idea common to all religious traditions. Tavener’s music here interpolates a poem by Brian Keeble with Greek and Sanskrit quotations, the latter in a climactic outburst. The music, having grown in crescendo, is joined by massive organ chords and develops to become an overwhelming pulsating texture at the climax, with awesome strokes sounded on a large Hindu temple gong. The clamour dissipates at the final invocation, ‘Hail Maria’, which is prayerful and contemplative.
DOVE, Jonathan (b. 1959) 
1. Seek him that maketh the seven stars6:28
POTT, Francis (b. 1957) 
2. The souls of the righteous9:34
SWAYNE, Giles (b. 1946) 
3. Magnificat4:05
TAVENER, John (b. 1944) 
4. Mother and Child12:44
L’ESTRANGE, Alexander (b. 1974) 
5. Lute-book lullaby4:17
FILSELL, Jeremy (b. 1964) 
6. O be joyful in the Lord2:16
BENNETT, Richard Rodney (b. 1936) 
7. The seasons of his mercies6:23
POTT, Francis (b. 1957) 
8. My song is love unknown17:31


a very classy piece of singing .... and a remarkable range of colours thanks to the mixture of voices. There's that post-collegiate professionalism plus operatic "heft" when required. ... one of the best sounding CDs I have had on the desk this week.
BBC Radio 3 - CD Review - 21st June 2003

"This is a CD of exceptional stature. It seems to me that everything about it - performances, documentation, sound quality and, above all, the music itself - is of the highest quality"
John Quinn - Music Web - August 2003

"... a highly dramatic work ... making the fullest use of the choral resources available and with a very challenging organ part superbly played by Jeremy Filsell"
International Record Review

"Pott’s impassioned My Song is Love Unknown stands out as a small masterpiece of choral writing"
Classical News

"terrific choral music ... exciting, engaging, imaginative, inspired, even revelatory performances of English choral works written within the last 10 or 15 years ... engineering is ideal, capturing the fullness of the space without sacrificing detail or balance ... This is a wonderful disc, a program that all choral lovers should hear, not least because it gives proof that very fine sacred choral music is still being written--and given the first-rate attention it deserves by world-class performers"


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