The Big Picture: Works for Choir, Piano and Percussion | Delphian DCD34242

The Big Picture: Works for Choir, Piano and Percussion

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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34242

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 25th September 2020

Contents

Artists

Nina Bennet (soprano)
Hannah Lawrance (clarinet)
Oliver Butterworth (percussion)
Oliver Pooley (percussion)
Ian Tindale (piano)
Annabel Thwaite (piano)
Bristol Choral Society
Music Makers of London
Bristol Youth Choir

Conductor

Hilary Campbell

Works

Chilcott, Bob

Songs and Cries of London Town

McDowall, Cecilia

A Time for All Seasons

Weir, Judith

The Big Picture

Artists

Nina Bennet (soprano)
Hannah Lawrance (clarinet)
Oliver Butterworth (percussion)
Oliver Pooley (percussion)
Ian Tindale (piano)
Annabel Thwaite (piano)
Bristol Choral Society
Music Makers of London
Bristol Youth Choir

Conductor

Hilary Campbell

About

High in energy and rich in expression and range of subject matter, these three works for mixed choral and instrumental forces show contemporary British music at its most accessible and engaging. The massed forces of Bristol Choral Society are joined by a children’s choir – the stunning Bristol Youth Choir – and a solo soprano in Cecilia McDowall’s contemplation of the human lifespan and our place in the universe.

Bob Chilcott explores the sights and sounds of London through the ages, with the two choirs layering street cries, and piano duet and percussion tracking the changes of mood – from bustle to lyrical evocation – before the arrival of bells draws the work to a resonant conclusion.

Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir explores associations between colour and harmony in a recent work originally designed for performance in the newly redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery, where its three groups of performers were positioned on different levels of the gallery atrium. A solo clarinet initiates proceedings, and threads through the individual colour portraits to the final, rainbow-like zoom through the spectrum.

Reviews

Three works for chorus with an instrument or two. Cecilia McDowall’s A Time for All Seasons, with its soprano obbligato (Nina Bennet) and piano, sets Ecclesiastes in English. Bob Chilcott presents Songs & Cries of London Town; and Weir’s title piece, with clarinet (Hannah Lawrance) on top of percussion and keyboard, evokes five colours in four movements – most notably Gold, a setting of Robert Frost – while the fifth affords a spectrum.  Paul Driver
The Sunday Times 4 October 2020
Three works for chorus with an instrument or two. Cecilia McDowall’s A Time for All Seasons, with its soprano obbligato (Nina Bennet) and piano, sets Ecclesiastes in English. Bob Chilcott presents Songs & Cries of London Town; and Weir’s title piece, with clarinet (Hannah Lawrance) on top of percussion and keyboard, evokes five colours in four movements – most notably Gold, a setting of Robert Frost – while the fifth affords a spectrum.  Paul Driver
The Sunday Times 4 October 2020

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