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BBC Singers

Director: Stephen Cleobury

 BBC Singers

Mixed Choral Chorus from London, UK, England.

Splendid", "magnificently sung", "superbly sung", "wonderful" - these are recent critical plaudits for the BBC Singers. Britain's only full-time professional chamber choir is an ensemble internationally recognised as belonging to the first rank. Its breadth of repertoire and range of activities are unsurpassed anywhere else in the world. Established in 1924, the versatility of this virtuoso 24-voice ensemble is second to none. It is this flexibility which makes the Singers both an important resource in the broadcast music-making of the BBC and a significant presence in British musical life.

The BBC Singers' breadth of repertoire is unrivalled by any other choral group, singing everything from Renaissance music to the latest contemporary scores. Their unique expertise with the latter has brought about creative relationships with some of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries. At home on the concert platform, as much as in the recording studio, the BBC Singers regularly work with the BBC's own orchestras, a wide range of period instrument and contemporary music ensembles and with a host of internationally-renowned conductors.

With a public profile that takes in concerts and broadcasts across the whole of the United Kingdom, a repertoire that embraces music ancient, modern, and all points in between, and a rapidly expanding education programme without equal on the British choral scene, the BBC Singers are a unique presence in the musical life of the UK. They are a world-class choral ensemble committed to sharing their enthusiasm and creative expertise with audiences and performers, amateurs and professionals, young and old, throughout the nation and across the whole spectrum of the choral community.


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BBC Singers : Purer Than The Purest Pure: Choral Works Of Daniel Asia : 1 CD : Daniel Asia : 099402550923  : 550

BBC Singers : Purer Than The Purest Pure: Choral Works Of Daniel Asia

Review: Daniel Asia recently won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for composition, and has been the recipient of many competitive grants and fellowships in music including a Meet The Composer/Reader's Digest Consortium Commission, United Kingdom Fulbright Arts Award Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, four NEA Composers Grants, a M. B. Rockefeller Grant, and many more. Britain's foremost professional chamber choir, the BBC Singers, was founded in 1924. As a vital resource in the BBC's music output, the BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life. Performing everything from Byrd and Birtwistle to Tallis and Takemitsu, the versatility of this 24-voice ensemble is second to none.

Songlist: Purer Than Purest Pure (1997)- i thank You God, Purer Than Purest Pure (1997)- who sharpens ever dull, Purer Than Purest Pure (1997)- o the round little man, Purer Than Purest Pure (1997)- goo-dmore-ning, Purer Than Purest Pure (1997)- o the little round man ii, Purer Than Purest Pure (1997)- jake hates, Purer Than Purest Pure (1997)- purer than purest pure, Why? Jacob (1978-9), Summer Is Over (1997)- so many selves, Summer Is Over (1997)- this is a rubbish of human rind, Summer Is Over (1997)- in Spring, Summer Is Over (1997)- the of an it, Summer Is Over (1997)- who were so dark, The She Set (1981, 2008)- Isis in Despair, The She Set (1981, 2008)- Orpheus, The She Set (1981, 2008)- She, The She Set (1981, 2008)-Prayer Before Drowning, Out Of More (1997)- hush, Out Of More (1997)- nine birds, Out Of More (1997)- or who and who, Out Of More (1997)- when serpents bargain, Out Of More (1997)- nine birds ii, Out Of More (1997)- out of more, Sounds Shapes (1973, revised 2008)- quarternote= 60, Sounds Shapes (1973, revised 2008)- floating, Sounds Shapes (1973, revised 2008)- quarternote- 60

2339c | 1 CD | $15.95 English Choral CDs

BBC Singers : Choral Images - Sir Michael Tippett : 1 CD : Stephen Cleobury : Michael Tippett : 092

BBC Singers : Choral Images - Sir Michael Tippett

Review: When Sir Michael Tippett first worked with the BBC Singers in 1944, the experience was such that he recalled nearly 50 years later that "It was to be the first of many such occasions when a composer's dreams were brought to fulfillment." Tippett's relationship with the BBC Singers went back to almost the beginning of his career, and he often expressed intense admiration for them. His faith is rewarded here. Now under the Conductor Laureate, Stephen Cleobury, the present-day BBC Singers return the compliment with this program of his works for choir, both unaccompanied and with organ. The plaintive high solo of the Nunc Dimittis, floating above strange middle-range harmonies, soars worlds away from cosy Anglican convention. The 'sprung' rhythms of Dance Clarion Air and The Windhover have a muscular freedom unlike anything in contemporary English music. The strangely irregular figures Tipett waves around the tune in Over the Sea to Skye may seem over-ingenious at first, but by the end their quite hypnotic, at the same time challenging the ear to re-examine a very familiar melody.

Songlist: Dance, Clarion Air, Plebs Angelica, Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, Unto The Hills, England: Early One Morning, Ireland: Lilliburlero, Scotland: Poortith Cauld, Wales: Gwenlian, Skye Boat Song, The Source, The Windhover, Lullaby, Steal Away, Nobody Knows, Go Down Moses, By and by, Deep River

8861c | 1 CD | $15.95 English Choral CDs

BBC Singers : Man I Sing -  Choral Music by Bob Chilcott : 1 CD : Bob Chilcott : Bob Chilcott : 100

BBC Singers : Man I Sing - Choral Music by Bob Chilcott

Review: The world-renowned choral composer and conductor Bob Chilcott leads the BBC Singers, as well as the internationally recognised soloists Simone Rebello and Paul Silverthorne, in these new performances of some of his best and most loved choral works. The choir is renowned as an expert ensemble and here they sing splendidly under Chilcott's direction. The selection of music on this disc has been well made to give a good variety of perspectives on Bob Chilcott's choral output - a resourceful composer and one who writes exceptionally well for voices and he is superbly served here by the virtuosity of the BBC Singers. This is a glorious showcase of one of the finest choral composers at work in Britain today.

Songlist: The Skin, The Barrel of the Drum, The Two Curved Sticks of the Drummer, Gourds and Rattles, The Gong - Gong, My Prayer, O sapientia, O Adonai, O Radix Jesse, O Clavis David, O Oriens, O Rex Gentium, O Emmanuel, The Shepherd's Carol, And Every Stone Shall Cry, Pange Lingua, The Runner, The Last Invocation, One's - Self I Sing, Beach, Simple Pictures of Tomorrow, Weather Report

8883c | 1 CD | $15.95 | Accompanied English Choral CDs

BBC Singers : One Star, At Last  - Carols of our Times : 1 CD : Stephen Cleobury :  : 0067

BBC Singers : One Star, At Last - Carols of our Times

Review: When an ensemble like the BBC Singers, renowned for its commitment to the music of our time, sets out to record a Christmas CD you can be sure that the repertoire will include material rather different from the usual run of popular standards and arrangements! One star, at last includes eight new carols (six of them specially-commissioned by BBC Radio 3), several premiere recordings, and a selection of music - serious and light-hearted, contemplative and joyful - by some of the leading British, European and North American choral composers of the day. Composers include Martland, Weir, Ades, MacMillan, Tavener, Kornowicz, Rodney Bennet and Harle.

Songlist: Nowell Sing We Now, From Lands that see the Sun Arise, Make we Joy, There is no Rose of Such Virtue, I Wonder as I Wander, Illuminare, Jerusalem, The Shepherd's Gift, Corpus Christi Carol, The Fayrfax Carol, The Shepherds Sing, Today the Virgin, Oczekiwanie (Waiting), O Magnum Mysterium, Sleep, little Jesus, sleep, Romance of the Angels, Mrs. Beeton's Christmas Plum Pudding, Nativitas, Seinte Mari Moder Milde, Carol, One Star, at Last

7963c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

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