Drop down, ye heavens: Advent Antiphons for Choir & Saxophone | Delphian DCD34184

Drop down, ye heavens: Advent Antiphons for Choir & Saxophone


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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34184

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 21st October 2016



Siglo de Oro’s first commercial recording sees the choir and its director Patrick Allies in collaboration with saxophonist Sam Corkin. Their intriguing programme highlights the saxophone's natural kinship with the human voice, as well as the endless expressive possibilities which this versatile instrument stimulates in the imaginations of modern composers. Its athletic vigour launches Will Todd’s O Wisdom, the first of eight settings of the Advent antiphons in English which, having been commissioned by the present artists, now form the backbone of this recording. Elsewhere the instrument soars above the voices’ urgent prophecy and imploration, while the choir is heard unaccompanied in glowing renditions of sixteenth-century polyphony – works by Pierre Certon, Antoine de Mornable, Michael Praetorius and Josquin des Prez, whose music complements the atmosphere of quiet expectancy proper to Advent.


Siglo d'Oro is a choir founded by London-based students, and this is its first recording. It's a debut with a difference, as half of the tracks are advent antiphons, newly commissioned and scored for voices and saxophone. ... A novel, ungimmicky project, vividly executed.  Terry Blain
BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2016

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