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Jos Van Immerseel conducts Anima Eterna Brugge and the Collegium Vocale Gent to produce an exclusive version of the Carmina Burana!
La Fauvette Passerinette: a Messiaen premiere Peter Hill piano In 2012, leading pianist and Messiaen scholar Peter Hill made a remarkable discovery among the composer’s papers: several pages of tightly written manuscript from 1961, constituting a near-complete and hitherto unknown work for piano. Hill was able to fill in some missing dynamics and articulations by consulting Messiaen’s birdsong notebooks, and here sets this glittering addition to Messiaen’s piano output in the context both of the composer’s own earlier work and of music by the many younger composers on whom Messiaen was a profound influence – from Stockhausen and Takemitsu to George Benjamin, who like Hill himself worked closely with the composer in the years before his death. ‘A new Messiaen work may be the focus here, but this would be an outstanding recital even without that enticement’ — BBC Music Magazine, November 2014, INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE
Dormi Jesu: A Caius Christmas Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge / Geoffrey Webber It was with typical discernment that Geoffrey Webber responded to a request to put together his dream Christmas programme. Webber’s classy choir reveals and delights in equal measure, finding space for both the Venetian lushness of Gabrieli and the distilled purity of Webern in a seasonal collection which is also sprinkled with unexpected gems of more recent provenance. Edward Higginbottom’s jazz-infused Rocking Carol, Thomas Hewitt Jones’s eloquently expressive What child is this?, and the small miracle that is Matthew Owens’ reimagined setting of The Holly and the Ivy – all glitter in a programme that dovetails old and new with characteristic Cambridge sophistication.
Christmas with the Shepherds Morales – Mouton – Stabile The Marian Consort / Rory McCleery A Christmas programme with a difference: Rory McCleery and his acclaimed consort echo the shepherds’ noels through a motet by Jean Mouton which, astonishingly, remained in the repertoire of the Sistine Chapel for over a hundred years after its composition around 1515. So famous already by the middle of the century, when Cristóbal de Morales was engaged as a singer in the papal chapel, Mouton’s motet went on to form the basis for a mass by Morales, and, later still, for a new motet to the same text by Annibale Stabile. A world premiere recording of the latter work crowns this unique programme, for which McCleery has prepared new performing editions.
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