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Darke & Durufle - As the leaves fall: Choral Music | Regent Records REGCD563

Darke & Durufle - As the leaves fall: Choral Music

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Label: Regent Records

Cat No: REGCD563

Barcode: 0802561056324

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th January 2022

Contents

Artists

Hannah Dienes-Williams (soprano)
Janet Shell (mezzo-soprano)
Guildford Cathedral Choir
Chameleon Arts Orchestra

Conductor

Katherine Dienes-Williams

Works

Darke, Harold

As the leaves fall
The Kingdom of God

Durufle, Maurice

Requiem, op.9

Artists

Hannah Dienes-Williams (soprano)
Janet Shell (mezzo-soprano)
Guildford Cathedral Choir
Chameleon Arts Orchestra

Conductor

Katherine Dienes-Williams

About

This revelatory new recording presents the first recordings of two major works for choir and orchestra by the twentieth-century British composer, Harold Darke.

Today, Harold Darke is known for a single work, the beautiful and well-loved Christmas carol, In the bleak midwinter. The two cantatas recorded here, As the leaves fall and The Kingdom of God, reveal for the first time a musical voice of great depth and consumate skill on a much larger canvas. In both works, a chorus and radiant soprano soloist – sung here by the young Hannah Dienes-Williams – are supported by luxurious post-Elgarian orchestration which envelops the listener in rich harmonies and colourful instrumental sonorities.

Faith and mysticism are at the heart of this disc and the Requiem – in the 1961 version for mezzo-soprano, choir, organ, and small orchestra – by Harold Darke’s slightly younger French contemporary, Maurice Duruflé, makes an apposite companion piece.

Guildford Cathedral Choir has established an enviable international reputation through its recordings, broadcasting and touring, as well as frequent concert appearances in the cathedral and elsewhere.

Originally from New Zealand, Katherine Dienes-Williams has been Director of Music of Guildford Cathedral since 2008, following appointments at Winchester Cathedral and College, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, and St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick. She is much demand as a choral conductor, solo organist, and choral and organ course leader.

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