In Memoriam | Delphian DCD34146

In Memoriam


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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34146

Barcode: 0801918341465

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 22nd April 2016

Gramophone Editor's Choice



The choir which David Trendell directed for twenty-two years pays tribute in a collection of specially chosen pieces by David’s colleagues, friends and former students, interspersed with the Renaissance polyphony which was Trendell’s area of scholarly expertise. His deep love for the Song of Songs has inspired many of the inclusions, and its nature imagery threads through the disc, adding a suggestion of renewal and rebirth to the memorial tone of works written in the difficult months after his untimely death. The composers’ affection for David and gratitude for his life and musical achievements is matched by the intelligence and deep musicality of the choir he raised to an international reputation, and which here takes on a sophisticated and challenging programme in his memory.


They sing this serene music quite beautifully an everything seems to be in perfect proportion.
MusicWeb International April 2016
Here is a lasting memorial in music to the late director of music at King's College London, and of St Mary's Bourne Street, David Trendell, who died suddenly in 2014. ... For quality of performance and diversity of repertoire, this is an outstanding disc.  Matthew Power
Choir and Organ March 2016
The death of David Trendell in 2014 at the age of just 50 deprived us of a larger-than-life figure who was not only a musical polymath (conductor, organist, singer, lecturer…) but someone much loved and who had a profound effect on all those who came into contact with him, however briefly. This disc is the result of an outpouring of that love and, naturally, of grief, brought together in a splendid collection that stands as a celebration of David’s life as much as a memorial. ... I return to the Renaissance thread that runs throughout this recording: all four composers represented here – Byrd, Lhéritier, Palestrina and Clemens non Papa – were loved by David Trendell, and the choir performs this music in full knowledge of that, producing renditions of transparent beauty and exemplary balance. A radiant tribute to a radiant musician.  Ivan Moody
Gramophone May 2016
The composers’ affection and gratitude for David’s immense achievements is here matched by the intelligence and deep musicality of the choir which he raised to international recognition, and which here embarks on a sophisticated and challenging programme in his memory, dispatched by a warmth and dedication that goes right to the heart. A moving tribute to a short but extraordinary life that deserves close scrutiny.  Gerald Fenech
Music & Vision 18 May 2016

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