Ave Maria: Music for upper voices | Resonus Classics RES10170

Ave Maria: Music for upper voices


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Label: Resonus Classics

Cat No: RES10170

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 8th July 2016



This disc consists almost entirely of world premiere recordings.

Following on from their acclaimed recording debut on ‘Nova! Nova!’ shared with the college choir of St Catharine’s, The Saint Catharine’s Girls’ Choir make their solo debut with a full album of recent works for upper voices.

Entitled Ave Maria after the two settings of this text by Rebecca Clarke and Cecilia McDowall. Also featured is Kenneth Leighton’s Missa Cornelia and John Tavener’s challenging Missa Brevis alongside sacred works from Diana Burrell, Joanna Marsh and Judith Bingham.

‘St Catharine’s […] acquit themselves well in some tricky music in the lustrous wood surroundings of the college’s little chapel’ - Gramophone


As more choral foundations are establishing girls’ choirs, so the repertoire for upper voices is gradually expanding, with some interesting examples here from Judith Bingham, Cecilia McDowell and Stevie Wishart. Highlights include Kenneth Leighton’s pungent Missa Cornelia (1980), but the most successful piece in this collection is Joanna Marsh’s 2010 St Paul’s Service, which imaginatively pulls the harmonic idioms of 16th-century choral music into attractive new polyphony, splendidly performed by these exceptionally well-trained singers.  Stephen Pritchard
The Observer 17 July 2016

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