Singers.com: National Youth Choir of Great Britain: Songs of the Baltic Sea (00 1 CD)

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National Youth Choir of Great Britain: Songs of the Baltic Sea

Tau Bet Kokios Sutemos
Lacrimosa
Hyme a St. Martin
Calling Up
A Shoe For The Stone Horse
There Should Have Been
Magic
Earth
Glory
Holy Evening
Guessing Song
O, Kalyudka!
Spring Is Coming
To the Newborn Christ
Cantus Maris Baltici

Directed by Mike Brewer

East meets West on this new recording as two great singing traditions are brought together, to thrilling effect. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the three Baltic states have emerged as powerhouses of choral innovation and imagination. Mike Brewer and the NYCGB bring all their customary fervour and virtuosity to bear on this programme of masterworks from three of Europe's smallest, yet musically richest, countries.

2090 00 1 CD $16.95   Mixed | Chorus | England
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Singers.com: National Youth Choir of Great Britain: British Choral Music (00 1 CD)

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National Youth Choir of Great Britain: British Choral Music

Song Name   Composer
Requiem    Priaulx Rainier
Part I   Priaulx Rainier
Part II   Priaulx Rainier
Part III   Priaulx Rainier
On a Deserted Shore    Francis Roth
Andanta   Francis Roth
Allegro   Francis Roth
Vivace   Francis Roth
Passacaglia, Andante maestoso   Francis Roth
Three Partsongs    Alan Rawsthorne
A Rose for Lidice (1956)   Alan Rawsthorne
The Oxen (1965)   Alan Rawsthorne
Canzonet (1953)   Alan Rawsthorne

Directed by Mike Brewer

The British choral music featured on this CD is dynamic. The opening Requiem by Priaulx Rainier is for tenor solo and unaccompanied choir. This very demanding piece was first performed by Peter Pears and the Purcell Singers. Based on the poem by David Gascoyne, the piece was written for the future victims of World War II. On A Deserted Shore, by Francis Routh, for soprano solo, double choir, semi-chorus, two pianos and percussion is a lament on the death of a loved one. The Three Partsongs by Alan Rawsthorne are also incredibly gorgeous. These incredibly difficult pieces are superbly performed by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, conducted by Michael Brewer. The featured soloists are Eileen Hulse, soprano and Mark Wilde, tenor

7178 00 1 CD $15.98   Mixed | Chorus | England | | Mixed Childrens Choirs
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Singers.com: National Youth Choir of Great Britain: Madrigals and Partsongs (00 1 CD)

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National Youth Choir of Great Britain: Madrigals and Partsongs

Song Name   Composer
Summer is y-coming in    Robert de Pearsail
Great God of love    Robert de Pearsail
Nights of music   Charles Wood
The whispering waves   Charles Wood
The widow bird    Charles Wood
If love be dead   Charles Wood
Come, sleep    Charles Wood
Song for a dance   Charles Wood
As the moon's soft splendor    Charles Wood
When thou art nigh    Charles Wood
A clear midnight   Charles Wood
How dear to me   Charles Wood
The nymph's fawn   Charles Wood
Hence away, begone!   Charles Wood
Full fathom five   Charles Wood
Music, when soft voices die    Charles Wood
How sweet the tuneful bells    Charles Wood
When winds that move not    Charles Wood
Light of my soul   Robert de Pearsail
Lay a garland    Robert de Pearsail

Directed by Mike Brewer

The music of Robert L. de Pearsall and Charles Wood is not very well known today, but definitely deserves a listen. Pearsall was a former lawyer who gave up the law after a stroke. He became interested in early music, particularly 16th century counterpoint. Wood is mainly known for his church music, but was very interested in secular music as well. The madrigals and part songs featured are quite nice and would be of interest to any choir looking for something different. They are wonderfully performed here by the very talented National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

7179 00 1 CD $18.98   Mixed | Chorus | England | A Cappella | Mixed Childrens Choirs
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