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The Choir of New College Oxford
Directed by Edward Higginbottom
This recording of North American music of the last fifty or so years includes music by a Russian, Igor Stravinsky. His origins notwithstanding, he is one of the ‘grand old men’ of twentieth-century American music, having become an American citizen in the early 1940s, shortly before writing his Mass for choir and double wind quintet. The recording ends with a spritual, arranged by one of Britain’s most eminent twentieth-century composers—a sort of compliment to the American tradition from the other side of the pond. The rest of the music speaks for itself, with an inimitable American accent from beginning to end.
1 The Song of Deborah
2 In the beginning
Katherine Bond - mezzo-soprano
3 I will sing and raise a psalm
4 O magnum mysterium
5 O Deus, ego amo te
6 Oratio patris condren: O Jesu vivens in Maria
7 Thee, God, I come from
8 Psalm 67 (God be merciful unto us...)
9 The dove descending
10-14 Mass for choir and double wind quintet
15 Steal away - from A Child of our time
Total Playing time: 67'50'' DDD
Recorded in the Chapel of New College Oxford, 11-15 July 2005
"...the performances all testify to the exceptionally high standards Edward Higginbottom has maintained at New College over the past 30 years."
BBC Music Magazine
"Copland's In the beginning is a stern test for any choir in a live performance...This recording is an amazing tour de force—intonation spot-on, effortless high As from the boys and finally a B flat, all superbly delivered. This CD is well worth having for this refreshingly affirmative evocation of the Creation alone."