Review By David McConnell,MusicWeb International,December 2012
Dove was a composer new to me, and I was enthralled by the music on this recording. Excellently performed by the Convivium Singers, Dove’s writing is often achingly beautiful and his text setting is masterly, often reminding me of Benjamin Britten. © 2012 MusicWeb International
Review By Ronald E. Grames,Fanfare,September 2012
…while some of Dove’s luminous climaxes would undoubtedly be imposing with a full symphonic choir, Convivium is impressively dynamic…maintains a suitably personal scale for these settings of poems of life, loss, and acceptance by Blake, Dickinson, George Peele, Thomas Nashe, and Tennyson.
Review By Philip Greenfield,American Record Guide,September 2012
[Jonathan Dove’s] music is accessible and well crafted. He also has a flair for making great poetry come alive in song. His Passing of the Year…is an engaging cycle of seven songs for double chorus and piano that makes excellent use of poems by Blake, Tennyson, and Emily Dickinson, among others.
The British chamber choir is aptly named, as these are convivial performances caught in strong, clear sound by the Naxos engineers. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online
Review By David A. McConnell ,MusicWeb International,June 2012
This will turn out to be, I am sure, one of my favorite recordings of 2012.
The recording opens with The Passing of the Year, a song-cycle written for double chorus and piano, dedicated in memory of Dove’s mother. The work, which is made up of seven movements divided into three main sections, takes the listener literally and metaphorically through changing seasons.
Even after listening several times, Dove’s setting leaves me shaken.
The rest of the program is just as impressive as the Song Cycle, and displays a greater variety of musical styles…
Review By Malcolm Riley ,Gramophone,June 2012
The Convivium Singers are a 30-strong mixed-voice group…youthfully fresh-toned and evenly balanced. They tackle Dove’s distinctive and vivid settings with great vigour and sense of purpose.
The major work on the disc, composed in memory of the composer’s mother, is The Passing of the Year…The combination of double chorus and piano (with Christopher Cromar providing solidly satisfying support) offers a wealth of textural and dramatic possibilities, most…of which are eagerly grasped by the composer.
Review By Juan Berberana,Ritmo,June 2012
El inglés Jonathen Dove (n. 1959) se sitúa, de una manera más que consolidada, dentro del stablisment musical británico. Síntoma de ello son los abundantes encargos que, en los últimos años, ha recibido de los festivales de Glyndebourne, las orquestas londinenses, la BBC e incluso la inauguración del londinense Millenium. Riguroso continuador de las tradiciones musicales británicas, en el mundo de la coral, Naxos dedica esta primera edición a varias obras a capella y, sobre todo, a un reciente encargo del coro de la London Symphony: The passing of the year. Dove compuso esta pieza, para coro y piano, en memoria de su madre, fallecida años antes. Una pieza de una innegable belleza y emotividad,